April 10, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team (8-13) will begin the final week of the regular season with a doubleheader in Birmingham as it is slated to face UAB (16-4) and Samford (14-3) on Wednesday. The match against the Blazers will begin at 1 p.m. CT at George Ward Park, while first serve versus the Bulldogs is set for 6 p.m. CT at the Samford Tennis Center.
The Crimson Tide won two of its three matches last week that started out with a 4-3 win over Memphis, which was clinched by senior Michael Thompson in a second-set tiebreaker. Following that, Alabama fell 5-2 to No. 4 Georgia but bounced back for a 6-1 win over 19th-ranked Tennessee, the Tide's first over the Volunteers since 2006. Sophomore Daniil Proskura would clinch the win, his third victory of the week, from the No. 3 spot. Senior Ricky Doverspike and junior Jarryd Botha had a stellar week together at No. 1 doubles, winning all three of their matches, two of which came against nationally-ranked opponents.
UAB is currently on a three-match winning streak, having beaten East Carolina, Tulane and Southern Miss at the Conference USA Shootout. Before facing Alabama, however, the Blazers will take on Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.
The Tide is 17-4 all-time against UAB with the latest installment of the series going in favor of Alabama, 4-3, in Tuscaloosa last season.
Samford is also amidst a three-match winning streak with its two most recent victories coming in 4-3 decisions. The Bulldogs have also won 11 of their last 12 matches, with the lone loss being a 4-3 defeat by the College of Charleston on the road.
The Tide leads the overall series with Samford, 31-9, which includes a 6-1 victory in 2010 in Birmingham.