Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe Win in Three; Advance to NCAA Semifinals

May 24, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. - For the second-consecutive season the Crimson Tide will be represented in the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship semifinals as Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe posted a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Miami's Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno in Saturday's quarterfinals. Alabama will face the winner of the match between No. 13 Whitney Kay/Caroline Price of North Carolina and No. 5 Beatrice Capra/Hanna Mar of Duke.

Alabama took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Miami would come back to even the frame at 4-4. The next three games were all held by the serving team before a break by the Tide put the first away, 7-5. In the second, it was the Hurricanes that jumped out to a quick start with the early break. Jansen and Routliffe tied the score at 5-5, but Albuquerque and Riobueno would then break to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the 7-5 victory in the set. In the third set, the first break would, again, come in the fourth game, giving the Tide a 3-1 edge. The teams continued to trade breaks over the next four games, setting up Routliffe to serve for the match. Miami took an early lead in the game, but the Tide came back to even it at 40-40 and would grab the victory shortly after.

Jansen and Routliffe extended their winning streak to eight matches and stand at 20-4 overall this season.

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