Feb. 27, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The 10th-ranked women's tennis team (8-2) is set to start off Southeastern Conference play this weekend at home, hosting Mississippi State (8-2) and Ole Miss (5-1). The Crimson Tide will take on the Bulldogs on Friday at 5 p.m. CT before hosting the Rebels on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Alabama went 3-0 last week to capture the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic finals in Montgomery, beating Illinois, No. 21 Texas Tech and No. 24 Rice. Senior Mary Anne Daines was named MVP of the tournament after clinching the 4-3 victory in the finals, 7-5, 6-7, 10-6, over Rice's Natalie Beazant. The Tide has now won eight doubles points in the 10 matches it has played this season. Daines and freshman Danielle Spielmann went 3-0 in doubles on the weekend from court two, helping the Tide win the doubles point in every match.
Mississippi State has won its last four straight matches, all of which have been shutouts. Seniors Roseline Dion and Alexandra Perper are both undefeated on the season in singles, posting records of 8-0 and 7-0, respectively. In doubles, the Bulldogs are led at the top by freshman Timea Guibe and Perper, who hold a 7-2 mark in dual match play.
Ole Miss is coming off a pair of wins last weekend against Lipscomb and Memphis at home. Like the Tide, the Rebels have been extremely successful in winning the doubles point, taking it in five of their six matches thus far. All three positions have done well for Ole Miss as they boast a combined 14-3 record this season. In singles, senior Caroline Rohde-Moe and sophomore Mai El Kamash are 4-0 to lead the Rebels at the top of the lineup.
Alabama posts a 33-11 all-time record against Mississippi State, but trails Ole Miss, 29-15. Both of the Tide's last wins against the two schools came last season as Alabama beat the Bulldogs, 6-1, and the Rebels, 4-3, on the road.
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