Feb. 22, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -
The men's tennis team came back from its loss yesterday to blank Princeton with a 4-0 victory on Saturday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 5-5 on the season, while the loss drops the Tigers to 6-3 overall.
"Today was a great response by everyone," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We shook off some rust and took the doubles point, which gave us some momentum heading into singles. There we were very solid and competed with an aggressive mindset. That's Alabama tennis. We'll have another opportunity to do it again tomorrow."
Alabama gained the momentum early after winning a close doubles point against Princeton. On court two, sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey and freshman Sean Donohue were first to finish, beating Tiger seniors Augie Bloom and Dan Davies, 6-4. Another 6-4 victory for the Tide, this time by juniors Stuart Kenyon and Andrew Goodwin on court three, awarded Alabama the first point of the match.
In singles, O'Shaughnessey wasted no time winning his match, dropping just two games en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over freshman Alexander Day on court two. Kenyon followed that up with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court three over freshman Thomas Colautti, bringing the Tide one win away from taking the match. All four of the remaining matches saw Alabama players one game away from ending the match, but it would be Donohue providing the clincher with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over freshman Joshua Yablon on court four.
Alabama will play its final match at the Blue Gray on Sunday and will take on the winner of the match between Auburn and Mississippi State in the consolation finals.
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