March 9, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team split its Sunday doubleheader, falling 4-3 to Arkansas in the afternoon, before beating The Citadel, 7-0, in the night match at The Alabama Tennis Stadium. The Crimson Tide now stands at 9-7 overall and 2-2 in Southeastern Conference action following the weekend's matches.
"I felt we responded well after the tough loss to Arkansas and ended the day on a high note," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "We still have opportunities, and this season is far from over."
In the afternoon match against Arkansas, Alabama fell behind early after losing the doubles point to the Razorbacks. The Tide's Andrew Goodwin and Stuart Kenyon won on court three, 8-5, over Jacob Herndon and Johan den Toom, however Arkansas would go on to take the matches on courts one and two for the point. Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott won four straight games midway through the match on court one to win 8-4 over Hayes Brewer and Sean Donohue. Court two ended up being the closest doubles matchup of the afternoon as it remained on serve throughout and eventually went into a tiebreaker. The Razorbacks' Hall Fess and Pete Thomason got out to a 4-0 lead in the breaker to help them to an 8-7(2) victory, giving Arkansas the early lead.
In singles, the Tide won three-straight matches to take a 3-1 advantage. No. 17 Proskura dominated Nott on court one, 6-1, 6-2 to get Alabama on the board with its first point of the afternoon. Brewer followed that up with a 6-1, 6-2 victory of his own, downing Christian Lee on court six. Kenyon's 7-5, 6-4 victory on court three over Fess ended up being the Tide's final point of the match, as the Razorbacks won the remaining matches, all in three sets, which lasted over three hours.
Alabama bounced back in its night match, capturing the doubles point and six singles matches to get the team victory. In doubles, the Tide won all three matches, with the clinching point coming from Goodwin and Kenyon on court two.
Proskura dominated his second singles contest of the day to give Alabama a 2-0 lead against The Citadel, winning 6-0, 6-1 on court one. Donohue was next to finish, posting a 6-0, 6-1 victory on court three over Peter Bleach. Goodwin then clinched the match for the Tide, beating out Jackson Pride, 6-3, 6-0 on court four. From there, Alabama got points from Brian Conlon on court six, 6-2, 6-3, Brewer on court five, 7-6(4), 6-1, and Kenyon on court two, 6-4, 6-3.
Alabama returns to action on Friday, March 14, when it hosts Auburn at 5 p.m. CT.
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