May 25, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. -
The historic season continues for Alabama women's tennis as it will be represented in an NCAA championship final for the first time in program history with Maya Jansen
and Erin Routliffe
vying for the doubles crown. The Crimson Tide duo advanced to the championship match with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Duke's Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Jansen and Routliffe have now won nine-straight matches improving to 21-4 overall this season.
Alabama, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, cruised through the first set without dropping a game for the 6-0 win. In the second, fifth-ranked Duke earned a pair of breaks, one of which UA was able to get back early on. Trailing 5-3 in the set, and 15-40 in the game, the Tide rallied to hold and keep the set alive. In the next game, however, Capra and Mar would put it away after a back-and-forth battle for the final point to take the set, 6-4. Jansen and Routliffe got off to a strong start in the third set, leading 3-0, before the Blue Devils came back to win the next two games. From there, it was all Alabama as Jansen and Routliffe went on to take the final three games of the set for the 6-2 win.
The Tide will face familiar foes in Monday's final in Georgia's second-seeded duo of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase. This will be the third meeting this season, all of which have come in the last six weeks. In the regular-season matchup in Athens, as well as the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship in Columbia, Mo., Jansen and Routliffe won, 8-3.
Monday's championship will be streamed live on NCAA.com with Joe Gentry and Harry Cicma calling the action. The doubles finals will take place following singles, which are slated to begin at 11 a.m. CT.
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