Feb. 22, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -
The 14th-ranked women's tennis team grinded out a 4-2 victory over No. 21 Texas Tech on Saturday in the semifinals of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 7-2 overall and advances to the tournament finals where it will take on the winner of the Auburn/Rice match on Sunday.
Alabama won its seventh doubles point of the season to jump out to a 1-0 lead early on. Juniors Luicelena Perez and Emily Zabor picked up the first win of the day for the Tide with a 6-3 victory on court three over junior Sarah Toti and freshman Lynn Kiro. The point was then clinched on court two as senior Mary Anne Daines and freshman Danielle Spielmann downed seniors Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde, 6-2.
In singles, Spielmann cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory on court two over Teltumbde, awarding Alabama its second point of the match. Texas Tech (9-2) then got on the board with Kiro winning 6-2, 6-0 over Tide sophomore Maya Jansen on court four. Zabor won the next point with a victory on court five, beating senior Samantha Adams, 6-1, 7-5. The Red Raiders picked up their second point on court one with junior Kenna Kilgo winning 7-6, 6-2 over Daines, but Alabama would close it out shortly after with freshman Erin Routliffe winning 7-5, 7-5 on court three over Sanders.
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