May 20, 2014
Crimson Tide Tennis Fans,
Hello from the 2014 NCAA Championships. After a couple weeks of training in Tuscaloosa, the Tide traveled to Athens, Ga., over the weekend for the final event of the year. Senior Daniil Proskura will represent Alabama in the singles draw and then team with sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey in the doubles event. The pair have had many solid days of practice both at home and here in `Dawg'-land. While in Athens, it was fun to cheer on our women's program as they finished a storybook season as the No. 2 seeded team in the team championships and advanced to their first-ever national quarterfinal. We've also taken in some of the other matches, which have been both exciting and motivating.
Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ET, Daniil jumps into the ring. He will face Hunter Harrington from Clemson. Hunter is a tall kid (6-5) with a powerful serve and forehand that stick out most in his game. He tallied a 15-9 record at the No. 1 singles position and an impressive 23-1 mark at No. 1 doubles. He's currently ranked No. 48 in the latest singles poll. Daniil has trained with Becker as well as had practice sets with players from a variety of schools that are in the championship field. He's focused and ready to go.
On Thursday, doubles will begin `not before' 1 p.m. ET, and Bama will battle Cal's Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton. This will be the first meeting between the two teams, although, the Tide faced this same Bear squad back in January during the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Pepperdine. They posted a 13-4 record at both the No. 1 & No. 2 positions and are ranked No. 28 in the last poll. Becker and Daniil are excited to play on this stage and know Thursday's match will be a battle.
Away from the championships, Alabama put an unprecedented eight student-athletes from six different teams on the 2014 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team. Daniil was one of the recipients of this prestigious honor that is the first step in earning national Academic All-America status. Schools are only allowed to nominate up to four men and four women, and Alabama was the only NCAA Division I school in the country to have the maximum number of student-athletes earn a place on the district list. Alabama was also the only school to have more than three honorees on either the men's or women's lists across the eight districts.
Five sessions of summer camps kickoff next week and we have spots available for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. To find more information and register, please click here and get your kids banging tennis balls this summer break.
If you're not far from Athens, we'd love your support to cheer on both Daniil and Becker. Please check our web site tomorrow afternoon to see what specific time Bama will play doubles on Thursday.
Hope to see you out here and ... Roll Tide!