Wednesday, March 05, 2003
The 31st ranked University of Alabama women’s tennis team will host the 11th ranked Tennessee Lady Vols on Friday at 3 p.m. in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide will then head to Athens, Georgia, to take on the 5th ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“Both teams have had very commanding wins over strong programs,” UA head coach Jenny Mainz said. “They are great opportunities for us. Anything can happen on any given day and we will be ready.”
Alabama (10-1, 2-0) is off to its first 2-0 start in the SEC since 1993. This past weekend the Crimson Tide defeated both LSU and Arkansas by the score of 7-0 marking the first time in program history to shutout two SEC opponents in a row. UA’s Millie Begovic is ranked No. 71 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Singles Rankings and No. 33 in doubles with Robin Stephenson. Senior Sophie Cremers remains undefeated (11-0) in dual match singles competition.
Tennessee (9-3, 1-1) lost to Kentucky last week before defeating Vanderbilt on Sunday. The Lady Vols’ Vilmarie Castellvi is ranked No. 3 in singles and Crystal Cleveland is No. 99. Castellvi and teammate Melissa Schaub are ranked 17th in doubles.
Georgia (7-1, 2-0) started off the season by beating Vanderbilt and Kentucky. The Bulldogs’ Agata Cioroch is ranked No. 2 in singles and Tina Hojnik is No. 66. Cioroch is also ranked 18th in doubles with Lori Grey and Hojnik is ranked 49th in doubles with Douglas Wink. The Bulldogs will face Auburn on Friday before facing the Crimson Tide on Sunday.
“We are going into the weekend with the same mindset of being well prepared and ready to play,” Mainz said. “We need to come out fast and get the doubles point.”
The match against Tennessee will be played at the UA Varsity Courts. In the case of inclement weather, the match will be moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. Free food and t-shirts will be available at the match.