?Bama Women?s Tennis Opens with Loss at Denver



‘Bama Women’s Tennis Opens with Loss at Denver

Friday, January 27, 2006

DENVER -- It was a rough afternoon Friday for the Alabama women’s tennis team as it opened up its 2006 season with a 4-3 loss on the road to the Denver Pioneers (1-1).

Alabama got out of the gates slowly by losing the doubles point, putting itself in a position where it needed to win four-of-six singles matches. The Tide nearly recovered but couldn’t find that fourth singles win and lost its season opener for the first time since 2000.

“We started slowly and didn’t play well in doubles,” Mainz said. “It was just a tough day for us, but its something that we have to learn from and get past because we have a big match coming up on Sunday with a good Colorado team.”

Denver’s Lorinda Boothman clinched the victory for the Pioneers at the No. 6 singles position. Boothman defeated Tide freshman Sofia Ayala, 6-3, 6-3.

Prior to Boothman’s match clinching victory, Alabama showed signs of life and a possible come-from-behind victory. Mari Muller and Ashley Bentley each cruised to straight-set wins to even the match-score at 2-2. Thirteenth-ranked Robin Stephenson then evened her match at one set apiece and eventually won in three sets, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Alabama’s No. 15-ranked doubles team of Stephenson and Bentley did earn another big victory Friday, their 12th win of the season to up their mark to 12-3. They defeated Suzana Maksovic and Kyla Iwinski, 8-1.

The team will travel to Boulder, Colorado Sunday to wrap-up its opening weekend of competition. Alabama will battle the Colorado Buffaloes (1-0) at 9 a.m.


Tennis Match Results
Alabama vs. Denver
1/27/2006 at Denver, Colo.

#52 Denver 4, #37 Alabama 3

Singles competition:
1. #13 Robin Stephenson (UA) def. Suzana Maksovic (DEN) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. Ashley Bentley (UA) def. Rachel Sackmaster (DEN) 6-3, 6-2
3. Annette Aksdal (DEN) def. Melissa Day (UA) 6-1, 6-2
4. Maria Muller (UA) def. Marisa Mechem (DEN) 6-4, 6-3
5. Kyla Iwinski (DEN) def. Shelley Godwin (UA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Lorinda Boothman (DEN) def. Sofia Ayala (UA) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. #15 Robin Stephenson/Ashley Bentley (UA) def. Suzana Maksovic/Kyla Iwinski (DEN) 8-1
2. Annette Aksdal/Rachel Sackmaster (DEN) def. Maria Muller/Andrea Brenes (UA) 8-4
3. Marisa Mechem/Lorinda Boothman (DEN) def. Melissa Day/Sofia Ayala (UA) 8-3

Match Notes:
Alabama 0-1; National ranking #37
Denver 1-1; National ranking #52
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,4,5,6,1)