April 10, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The No. 33 Alabama men's tennis team will host a pair of doubleheaders on the final weekend of the regular season, welcoming No. 61 Tulane and No. 9 Georgia on Friday at 10 a.m. CT and 5 p.m. CT, respectively, and No. 21 Tennessee and Nicholls State on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. CT, respectively. Prior to Sunday's match against Tennessee Daniil Proskura
and Brian Conlon
will be recognized as it will be the final home match for the duo.
Last weekend, the Crimson Tide (11-12, 4-6 SEC) competed in its last road match where it dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 10 Texas A&M. Despite the loss, Alabama's top doubles team of Becker O'Shaughnessey and Proskura came away with a big win as they upset the second-ranked team in the nation in Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore, 8-7(6). The Tide has two players ranked in singles with Proskura at No. 25 and O'Shaughnessey at No. 98. The two also make up the nation's No. 22 doubles team.
Tulane (13-7) is coming off a 4-0 loss to LSU on Wednesday and will be playing its sixth road match of the season when it heads to Tuscaloosa on Friday. The Green Wave is led in doubles by 36th-ranked Dominik Koepfer and Jao Chi-Shan with a 15-4 dual match record. Koepfer also leads Tulane in singles with a 15-4 mark, while Chi-Shan is 14-4 and has won five straight matches.
Georgia (14-6, 9-1) concluded its regular season home schedule with a 4-0 victory over LSU Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, to go along with a 4-0 win over Arkansas on Friday for the weekend sweep. The Bulldogs finished the regular season undefeated at home for the second-straight season and enter the final weekend of conference play tied with Texas A&M atop the league standings. Georgia has four players ranked in singles in No. 18 Austin Smith, No. 32 Nathan Pasha, No. 73 Garrett Brasseaux and No. 76 Ben Wagland. The team also boasts the No. 12 doubles team in the nation with the duo of Wagland and Hernus Pieters.
Tennessee (15-9, 4-6 SEC) wrapped up its regular-season home schedule last weekend, beating LSU 4-1 on Friday and Arkansas 4-0 on Sunday. Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese improved to 8-0 in SEC doubles play this season, extending their conference winning streak to 19 matches dating back to their freshman year. They are 29-3 this year. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the nation in doubles, Reese is currently ranked No. 23 nationally in singles, while Libietis comes in at No. 37.
Nicholls State (11-9) was edged 4-3 in its last match, which came against Abilene Christian on April 5, however the Colonels will face Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Friday before traveling to take on the Tide on Sunday. In singles, Nicholls State has five players with nine or more wins in dual match play, led by Nico Merterns with 13. Mertens and partner Partha Adavelly lead the Colonels in doubles with seven victories together.
Georgia leads the series with Alabama, 52-8, while Tulane holds a slight 11-8 edge against the Tide. Tennessee is 38-11 all-time against Alabama. Sunday's match will be the first in the series with Nicholls State.
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