AUBURN, Ala. – No. 14 Auburn girls’s tennis got here via with a comeback for the ages, rallying from a 3-1 deficit with wins on all three remaining courts to safe a 4-3 win over No. 33 Georgia Tech, clinching a spot within the NCAA Spherical of 16 for the third time in program historical past.
Senior Yu Chen supplied the clinching win for the Tigers (22-5), preventing again from dropping her first set on courtroom 5 to profitable the ultimate two, ending off the Auburn comeback with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Rosie Garcia Gross.
“We earned each inch that match we simply performed!” Auburn head coach Caroline Lilley stated. “Georgia Tech actually punched is within the mouth in doubles, setting a tone early that they have been going to make our life tough. The response from our group in singles, throughout the board, was unbelievable to witness.
“The way in which we dealt with our moments, executing factors whereas working our pattrns, served because the distinction maker. We’re pleased with our group, pleased with the expansion, and thrilled to be on this journey with them.”
With the win, Auburn superior to the NCAA Tremendous Regional, which serves because the Spherical of 16. The Tigers will face No. 3 Texas subsequent Friday in Austin, Texas, with first serve scheduled for midday on the Texas Tennis Heart.
The comeback got here from courts 3-5 after the Yellow Jackets (15-11) pulled forward to a 3-1 lead. Junior Carolyn Ansari, ranked No. 114, received the Tigers happening the stretch, clinching her match in a second-set tiebreaker over 90th-ranked Kylie Bilchev, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
About the identical time, grad pupil Georgie Axon picked up a third-set break to maneuver into place to complete off a win of her personal. After dropping the second set, Axon got here via within the third for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over Mahak Jain to tie the group match at 3-all, organising Chen’s clinching win.
Sophomore Ariana Arseneault, at No. 75 nationally, ran her singles profitable streak to 6 in a row as she received the Tigers on the board with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Ava Hrastar on the second singles spot to tie the match 1-1.
Tech would transfer forward 3-1 with three-set wins at 1 and 6. Sophomore Adeline Flach fought again after dropping her first set 6-0 to push the match to a 3rd, then fought off Tech’s Gia Cohen so long as she may within the last set earlier than finally falling 6-0, 3-6, 6-4. No. 34 Selin Ovunc went the space with No. 22 Carol Lee, profitable the primary set however dropping the ultimate two in a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss on the high spot.
In doubles, Tech was robust in all phases. The 36th-ranked group of Bilchev and Hraster downed Axon and Flach, 6-0, to begin issues off. Auburn fought again from early deficits on the opposite two courts to place themselves in place for a comeback, however Ansari and Madeline Meredith got here up quick to Cohen and Marsh 6-4 because the Jackets clinched the purpose. In a battle of top-10 groups, Auburn’s Ovunc and Arseneault have been tied 5-5 with Tech’s Lee and Kate Sharabura when play was halted.
Auburn will play within the spherical of 16 for the third time in program historical past; the Tigers additionally superior in 2016 and 2017, which have been additionally the final two instances Auburn hosted the primary two rounds.
With right now’s win, Auburn completed the 2022 season unbeaten at dwelling (14-0), and Auburn is now 6-0 all-time at dwelling within the NCAA Event.
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#14 Auburn 4, #33 Georgia Tech 3
1. #22 Carol Lee (GT) def. #34 Selin Ovunc (AU), 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. #75 Ariana Arseneault (AU) def. Ava Hrastar (GT), 7-5, 6-2
3. #114 Carolyn Ansari (AU) def. #90 Kylie Bilchev (GT), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
4. Georgie Axon (AU) def. Mahak Jain (GT), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
5. Yu Chen (AU) def. Rosie Garcia Gross (GT), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
6. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Adeline Flach (AU), 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
Order of end: 2, 6, 1, 3, 4, 5
1. #9 Ovunc/Arseneault (AU) vs. #4 Lee/Sharabura (GT), 5-5 unfinished
2. #36 Bilchev/Hrastar (GT) def. Axon/Flach (AU), 6-0
3. Cohen/Marsh (GT) def. Meredith/Ansari (AU), 6-4
Order of end: 2, 3