Jan. 24, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
For the second year in a row, the women's tennis team serves as one of 15 host sites for ITA Kick-Off Weekend, which will be played at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. The 12th-ranked, and No. 1 seed, Crimson Tide is slated to take on fourth-seeded William & Mary in the first match on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT, while No. 2 seed Ole Miss and No. 3 seed Oklahoma will play at 2 p.m. CT.
The winners of Saturday's matches will meet in the championship on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT, playing for a spot in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which runs Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va. The losers of both matches will also play in a consolation match, which will precede the championship at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday.
Alabama is 1-3 all-time against William & Mary, however the two teams have not met since the 1999 season. The Tide has won the last three matchups against Ole Miss, but trails in the overall series, 15-29. Oklahoma also leads the series against Alabama, 3-5, with the last matchup coming in 2011 at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
The Tide is playing its first dual matches of the season this weekend, while all three teams traveling to Alabama have already logged at least one match thus far. The Tribe is 2-2, securing wins against East Carolina and James Madison. The Rebels are 1-0 with a win over Jackson State, while Oklahoma's win came at home against North Texas.
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