Sept. 17, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team opens up its fall schedule this weekend when it heads to Athens, Ga. to take part in the 42nd Annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships. The forty-two year existence of the tournament makes it the oldest fall college tennis tournament in the country. Play gets under way Friday, September 18 and ends on Monday, September 21.
"I feel like our team has worked hard these past few weeks, and they are extremely anxious to get back in a competitive environment," said assistant coach Bo Hodge. "The Southern Intercollegiate Championships has been around for such a long time, and I feel like it's important for our guys to put their best foot forward as this is the first tournament of the year. I expect everyone to represent the Crimson Tide with integrity and pride."
A total of seven Alabama netters will compete in singles play. The singles I flight will feature redshirt freshman Michael Davis along with sophomores Ricky Doverspike and Michael Thompson. Senior Houssam Yassine, junior Trey Walston and freshman Harris Barnard will each compete in the singles II draw, while sophomore Creighton Blanchard is signed up for the singles III flight.
In doubles, Davis and Yassine and Doverspike and Thompson will represent the Tide in the doubles I draw, and Blanchard and Walston will appear in the doubles II flight.
This year's tournament features 28 teams from across the South. The Tide is one of four SEC teams in the field, while in-state foes Samford and South Alabama are also slated to compete. The tournament is divided into three singles divisions and two doubles divisions. Each division will have one champion crowned at the end of play. There will also be a consolation bracket with a maximum of two rounds for those not advancing after the first round of singles.
All matches will take place at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.