April 13, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -
The ninth-ranked women's tennis team secured its first Southeastern Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over No. 31 Tennessee at Barksdale Stadium. The Crimson Tide wrapped up the 2014 regular season with a 12-1 mark in league play, its best record in program history, and enters postseason play with a 20-3 overall mark. The win was also head coach Jenny Mainz's
200th victory at Alabama, while the loss dropped the Lady Volunteers to 12-11 overall and 6-7 against SEC opponents.
"I am so happy and proud of our team," said Mainz. "This is incredibly exciting for our program. The most rewarding part of the season thus far has been to see this team come together and play with one heartbeat. It's empowering how well they work together. All eight players have positively impacted this season and played an integral role in our success."
The Tide got off to a quick start again as it did Friday, winning a pair of doubles matches to secure the first point. On court two, 43rd-ranked Mary Anne Daines and Danielle Spielmann cruised to an 8-2 victory over Brittany Lindl and Victoria Olivarez for Alabama's first victory. No. 52 Emily Zabor and Luicelena Perez followed that up with an 8-5 win on court three to award the Tide the point.
Alabama used its momentum from doubles to carry it in singles, winning all three of its finished matches in straight sets. Natalia Maynetto dropped just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court six over Ashlee Boles to give the Tide its second point of the afternoon. Spielmann then posted a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Laurence Guevremont on court two shortly before No. 64 Erin Routliffe clinched the team victory on court three, winning 6-1, 6-3.
This is Alabama's second-straight 20-win season under Mainz and its fifth in program history.
"This SEC Championship represents all the former Alabama players as well as our current team," added Mainz. "It's been a compilation of all the hard work and commitment that all the Alabama players have contributed through the years. It's a true TEAM win for Bama. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring student-athletes, coaches and our athletic administration. There's no question that Coach Saban and all of the Alabama coaches and teams have positively influenced our team. I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide and am appreciative for everyone who has had a hand in moving our program forward."
Next up, the Tide heads to Columbia, Mo., for the 2014 SEC Tournament. As the No. 1 seed, Alabama's first match will take place on Friday, April 18.
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