April 19, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
The top-seeded women's tennis team beat fifth-seeded Texas A&M, 4-2, advancing to its first Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship. The Crimson Tide will face No. 3 seed Georgia in the finals on Sunday at Noon CT.
Alabama (22-3) would once again take the doubles point with wins on courts one and two. The Tide's top duo of seventh-ranked Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe rebounded after a tough loss on Friday to dominate 16th-ranked Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov, 8-2. It appeared Texas A&M (19-6) would even the count leading 7-1 on court three, however Alabama's Luicelena Perez and Emily Zabor broke after a hard-fought game to stay alive in the match. Over on court two, the Tide's Mary Anne Daines and Danielle Spielmann picked up a big break as well to lead 7-5 setting themselves up to serve for the win. Daines would do just that as she and Spielmann held for the 8-5 victory.
Alabama took four first sets in singles coming on courts three, four, five and six to set the tone early, however the Aggies would even the match at 1-1 winning the first singles match on court two. The Tide then won a pair at the bottom of the lineup with Zabor dominating Jana McCord, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5, while Perez posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Mason Strickland on court six. Texas A&M would win its final point of the match on court one shortly before Routliffe clinched the win, overcoming a 0-3 deficit to take a 6-4, 6-4 victory on court three.
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