March 6, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team (7-6, 1-1 SEC) heads to Baton Rouge, La. this weekend to take on the LSU Tigers before returning home to Tuscaloosa for a doubleheader on Sunday against Arkansas and The Citadel. Friday's match will begin at 1 p.m. CT, while Sunday's matches will be played at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.
During Sunday's match against Arkansas, the first 50 fans in attendance will receive a Built by Bama wristband. The Crimson Tide will also host a block party with free pizza on hand for all fans after the first set of singles. Alabama will welcome the RISE School and residents of Capstone Village retirement community to hit out the honorary first serves.
The Crimson Tide split last weekend's matches against No. 16 Mississippi State and Ole Miss, dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs before defeating the Rebels 4-2 to even up its conference record. Junior Andrew Goodwin and freshman Nikko Madregallejo both went 2-0 in singles, with Goodwin's come-from-behind victory on court six clinching the victory over Ole Miss. The Tide also won the doubles point against the Rebels with victories from freshmen Sean Donohue and Hayes Brewer on court three and senior Daniil Proskura and sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey on court one.
LSU enters Friday's match at 6-5 overall and 0-2 against SEC opponents after falling 4-1 to No. 14 Vanderbilt and 5-2 to No. 25 Kentucky last weekend. Tiger junior Chris Simpson is ranked 109th nationally, while he and sophomore Boris Arias stand at No. 20 in the nation in doubles. LSU leads the all-time series with Alabama, 35-21, however the Tide won last season's matchup, 6-1.
Arkansas is 8-8 on the season and 0-2 against league foes having lost 7-0 to the Commodores and 6-1 to the Wildcats last weekend. The Razorbacks have a pair of nationally-ranked doubles team as the duos of seniors Hall Fess and Pete Thomason, as well as seniors Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott make up the No. 41 and No. 53 doubles teams in the nation, respectively. The Tide currently holds a 16-9 record against the Razorbacks and won the last meeting, 6-1.
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