March 28, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
The sixth-ranked women's tennis team lost its first Southeastern Conference match of the season in a 4-2 decision to No. 10 Vanderbilt on Friday at the Currey Tennis Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide stands at 15-3 overall and 7-1 in league action, while the win lifts the Commodores to 15-4 on the season and 8-1 in SEC play.
Alabama dropped just its third doubles point all season as Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead with wins on courts one and three. Marie Casares and Frances Altick posted an 8-2 victory over the Tide's 42nd-ranked duo of Emily Zabor and Luicelena Perez on court three for the first win in doubles. From there, No. 45 Danielle Spielmann and Mary Anne Daines evened the count as they won 8-4 over 35th-ranked Ashleigh Antal and Sydney Campbell leaving the point up to the match on court one. The Commodores' Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton, ranked 63rd, jumped out to a quick lead and found themselves up 7-2 over No. 13 Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe. The Alabama pair fought off two match points, but Mira and Colton served for the win to take the match, and doubles point, 8-4.
Singles went back and forth throughout and four of the six matches played out in three sets. No. 52 Daines was first to finish, tying the match a 1-1 as she beat 91st-ranked Georgina Sellyn 6-1, 7-5. Vanderbilt jumped back on top, 2-1, as No. 85 Casares posted a 7-6, 6-4 victory over 82nd-ranked Jansen on court four. Nearly 90 minutes later, the match would tie up once again as No. 80 Perez outlasted Antal on court six, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. From there, the Commodores would win the next two matches, first a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 decision on court two, then a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory on court three to clinch the win. Zabor led 7-5, 3-6, 5-2 on court five when play was suspended.
Alabama continues its road swing on Sunday when it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington. First serve is slated for Noon CT.
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