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Spring sports roundup: Women's tennis drives toward the top

  • Women's tennis

    Tigers crush LSU to stay perfect in SEC

    AUBURN – Second-year Auburn coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner is rapidly taking Auburn women’s tennis where it has never been before.

    The No. 14 Tigers dominated LSU 7-0 Friday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center and improved to 13-1 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference.

    “I’m happy for the win and I’m happy we got the sweep,” Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “I think we came out a little bit flat in singles. With a team like LSU, they’re feisty and will make you fight for every point. The first sets in some of the matches were a little bit closer because we weren’t focused. Once we got the first sets on five courts, and Jackie got her second set, we regrouped and played much better in the second sets. I was very pleased with that.”

    With the victory, the Tigers equaled their conference win total from last season. Auburn last started 3-0 in the SEC in 1993.

    Friday’s win marked the first Auburn shutout of LSU in program history. The Tigers play host to Arkansas on Sunday.

    Gymnastics

    Tigers win easily on Senior Night

    AUBURN - No. 11 Auburn earned its third-straight meet victory on Friday in Auburn Arena with a victory over the Lindenwood Lady Lions 196.400-190.450.

    The team total score was also Auburn’s seventh consecutive score of better than 196, extending its school-record streak.

    Friday was Auburn’s final home meet of the season. Seniors Toi Garcia and Petrina Yokay, along with their families, were honored in ceremonies before the competition.

    “I was very really pleased how Petrina and Toi finished off their careers here at Auburn Arena,” Auburn coach Jeff Graba said. “There’s always a lot of emotion involved in Senior Night, but they finished here really well.

    “Obviously, for us it’s not the end of the road, and I do feel the team did a pretty good job of it. Overall, it wasn’t an overly sharp night, but we did a good job and now we get to move on to the next step, which is getting on the road for a number of weeks.”

    Bri Guy, with a score of 39.400, was the all-around winner; Yokay tied her career best with a 39.325 all-around score.

    Softball

    Gators crush Tigers in SEC opener

    AUBURN - No. 4 Florida made short work of Auburn on Friday, romping to a 13-0 victory in the SEC opener for both teams at Jane B. Moore field.

    The Gators scored eight runs in the fourth inning to erase any doubt of the outcome.

    Auburn dropped to 17-6 overall. Florida improved to 24-1. The Tigers and Gators will meet again today at 1 p.m.

    "It was a manageable game until they got a couple of big hits in the fourth inning," Auburn coach Tina Deese said. "We were able to put runners on base, but we couldn't get a hit or two to bring anyone home. We're going to have to come out tomorrow with a lot of fight in us."

    Hilary Mavromat started and took the loss to fall to 5-2. Mavromat allowed seven runs, all earned, on seven hits with three walk. Lexi Davis pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs, all earned, on three hits with three walks and one strikeout. Tiffany Howard pitched one inning, allowing one run, earned, no hits with two walks.

    Indoor track

    Pressley has career best in NCAA Championships

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Maya Pressley finished a career-best fourth in the women’s high jump and Auburn had two men reach the finals in the 60 meters on day one of action Friday at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

    “Everybody we brought to this meet is going to score and be a first team All-American, so you have to be happy with that,” Auburn coach Ralph Spry said. “The only thing that would’ve made it better would have been a bigger group. This was a tough indoor season, but I’m proud of the group that is here and the success they had. We still have a chance to do more work tomorrow and finish strong.”

    Pressley finished fourth overall to score five points in the women’s high jump and established a new overall career best with her clearance at 6-0.5 (1.87m). The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-native was perfect on her first five attempts, including the new personal best.

    “I’m excited,” Pressley said. “I felt good coming in and didn’t feel any pressure. I came in as an underdog and I felt like I had nothing to lose and that I just had to jump my life out for my senior year. Coming off a PR at last chance and a bad SEC meet, I felt like I made some adjustments and they were really working. I knew today would be special.”

    Men’s tennis

    Tigers get first SEC win

    BATON ROUGE, La. - After losing their first two SEC matches to top 15 opponents, the Tigers broke through with a 5-2 victory over LSU on Friday. Auburn improved to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. LSU fell to 5-5 and 0-3 in the SEC.

    “It was nice to get a win on the road and get our first SEC win,” Auburn coach Eric Shore said. “I thought the guys were ready to play. We got off to a good start in doubles. Our number two and three teams did a good job, and our top team got out to a really quick start. LSU came back and pushed us, but it was nice to get the point.

    “Overall, we played solid, but we’re not content. We know we’ve got a tough match Sunday and will probably have to play indoors (at Arkansas), so we’ve got to be ready for that.”

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