Women's Tennis off to a Solid Start at Furman Fall Classic

Sept. 27, 2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Alabama women's tennis team won 10 of the 11 matches it competed in on Friday at the Furman Fall Classic. The Crimson Tide picked up five victories in both doubles and singles, advancing two of its doubles teams to their respective finals and all five singles players onto the second round of the main draw.

Alabama's Danielle Spielmann and Emily Zabor along with Carmen Blanco and Natalia Maynetto went 2-0 on the day in doubles, both beating out teams from Furman in the first round to move on. In the second round, Spielmann and Zabor edged out South Carolina's Elixane Lechemia and Meghan Blevins, 8-6, for a spot in the finals, which Blanco and Maynetto cruised to an 8-2 victory over Tennessee's Laurence Guevremont and Eve Repic. Erin Routliffe and Mary Anne Daines fell, 8-7, in their first match, but battled back in the second to win and advance to the consolation finals.

In singles, three of the Tide including Daines, Routliffe and Blanco, posted come-from-behind victories after dropping first set tiebreakers. On the flip side, Spielmann shut out Iowa's Ellen Silver, 6-0, 6-0, while Zabor moved on after South Carolina's Dominika Kanakova retired, with Zabor leading, 5-4, in the first set.

Match play resumes at 8 a.m. CT with the final round of doubles. Two rounds of singles will follow, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT.

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Borthwick/Cartwright (FSU) def. Routliffe/Daines (UA) 8-7
Routliffe/Daines (UA) def. Moreno-Kaste/Boyette (FUR) 8-3
Spielmann/Zabor (UA) def. Martin/Bryde (FUR) 8-1
Spielmann/Zabor (UA) def. Lechemia/Blevins (SC) 8-6
Blanco/Maynetto (UA) def. Sullivan/Speaks (FUR) 8-5
Blanco/Maynetto (UA) def. Guevremont/Repic (UT) 8-2

Mary Anne Daines (UA) def. Shelby Talcott (IOWA) 6-7(11), 6-2, 6-0
Erin Routliffe (UA) def. Tiffany Tavares (UT) 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3
Emily Zabor (UA) def. Dominika Kanakova (SC) 5-4, ret.
Danielle Spielmann (UA) def. Ellen Silver (IOWA) 6-0, 6-0
Carmen Blanco (UA) def. Laurence Guevremont (UT) 6-7, 7-6, 6-4