March 26, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The 42nd-ranked men's tennis team (8-6, 1-4 SEC) will host No. 28 Vanderbilt (9-7, 0-5 SEC) on Sunday, March 27, at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. First serve is set for 1 p.m. CT.
"Vanderbilt is a very strong team top to bottom," Alabama Head Coach Billy Pate said. "They have some great wins to their credit this year, and I think both teams are evenly matched. We simply need to keep doing the things we've been doing, which is competing hard and playing aggressive. It will be crucial for us to consolidate opportunities when that moment arises. If we do that, we have a great chance to be successful in any match."
In its last outing, the Crimson Tide dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 14 Kentucky at the Boone Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon. Alabama took the early advantage after securing the doubles point for the second straight match, but the Wildcats came back to win five of the six singles matches for the team victory. The Tide's lone singles win came from freshman Daniil Proskura, ranked No. 115 in the nation, who topped Kentucky senior Brad Cox, 7-6, 7-6, for the win. Joining Proskura in the national singles rankings this week is sophomore Jarryd Botha, who stands at No. 111.
Vanderbilt enters Sunday's contest on a three match losing streak, with all of those losses coming from Southeastern Conference foes and all at home. The Commodores lost their last two matches by 4-3 decisions to No. 1 Tennessee and No. 26 Auburn. Vanderbilt sophomore Ryan Lipman ranks 28th in the nation in singles, while Lipman and senior Adam Baker come in at No. 49 in doubles.
Next up, the Tide will travel to take on Arkansas and LSU on Friday, April 1, and Sunday, April 3, respectively. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT.