Auburn University fell to Texas A&M

The Tigers will conclude the regular season on Sunday against LSU

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Auburn University fell to Texas A&M
© Abby Grace Stevens / Auburn Tigers

No.14 Auburn University women's tennis team was defeated by No.11 Texas A&M 6-1, at College Station, Friday night.

With the loss, Auburn falls to 14-9 overall and 8-4 in the SEC, which currently puts them in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings.

The Tigers will conclude the regular season Sunday against LSU at noon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Auburn took the doubles point against the Aggies before dropping the singles match. Adeline Flach and Angella Okutoyi jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the second court and held onto the lead en route to a 6-3 victory. The win marked the pair's seventh straight doubles win.

Carolyn Ansari and Ali DeSpai also started their match on court three with an early lead. With the game tied at three, Ansari and DeSpain took a 4-3 lead and kept it to win 6-4 and claim double points for the Tigers.

Ariana Arseneault was the only Tiger to win an opening set, beating No. 44 Mia Kupres 6-1 in the first frame. DJ Bennett suffered just her sixth doubles defeat of the season in straight sets to No. 19 Nicole Khirin moments before Mary Stoiana, the nation's top singles player, defeated Ansari to give Texas A&M a 2-1 lead.

After dropping the opening set, Flach held a 5-2 lead over Jeanette Mireles but ultimately abandoned the match. DeSpain stayed in the fight in the second set with Daria Smetannikov and led at the end of the set 5-4 before Smetannikov rallied to win the match 6-4, 7-5 and clinch the team win for the Aggies.

After the team's victory was assured, Texas A&M claimed both court three and court four to make the final score 6–1.

Women's doubles:

1. #4 Mary Stoiana/Mia Kupres (TAMU) vs. #8 Ariana Arseneault/DJ Bennett (AU) 4-4, unfinished
2. #46 Angella Okutoyi/Adeline Flach (AU) def. Jeanette Mireles/Lucciana Perez (TAMU) 6-3
3. Carolyn Ansari/Ali DeSpain (AU) def. Nicole Khirin/Sydney Fitch (TAMU) 6-4

Women's singles:

1. #1 Maria Stoiana (TAMU) def. #6 Carolyn Ansari (AU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #19 Nicole Khirin (TAMU) def. #54 DJ Bennett (AU) 6-2, 6-0
3. #44 Mia Kupres (TAMU) def. #71 Ariana Arseneault (AU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
4. Lucciana Perez (TAMU) def. Angella Okutoyi (AU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
5. Jeanette Mireles (TAMU) def. Adeline Flach (AU) 6-3, 7-5
6. Daria Smetannikov (TAMU) def. Ali DeSpain (AU) 6-4, 7-5

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