Women's Tennis Gears up for Vanderbilt and Kentucky

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama has won its last five consecutive matches
Alabama has won its last five consecutive matches

March 22, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 15th-ranked women's tennis team (10-2, 4-0 SEC) will host No. 23 Vanderbilt (11-5, 3-1 SEC) Friday in Tuscaloosa before traveling to Lexington to take on Kentucky (8-7, 0-4 SEC) on Sunday. First serve is set for 3 p.m. CT and 11 a.m. CT, respectively.

"We're looking forward to hosting Vanderbilt at home Friday afternoon," said Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz. "We're hoping to get a lot of fans out for some exciting tennis. We always have quality matches with the Commodores."

Last time out, the Crimson Tide posted a 5-2 victory over TCU. Alabama battled back to sweep the three doubles matches, two of which were 9-7 victories, and won four of the six singles contests to take the team victory. Alabama remains perfect in doubles with a 10-0 record in doubles points. In fact, the Tide has only lost one doubles match all season and has only had one match left undecided. Senior Courtney McLaneclinched the won for Alabama over the Horned Frogs as she posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 3 position.

The Commodores split their last two matches, falling 6-1 to No. 2 Florida in Gainesville before defeating South Carolina 5-2 in Columbia. Vanderbilt has three players in the latest national rankings in No. 28 Jackie Wu, No. 80 Lauren Mira and No. 81 Marie Casares. They also boast three doubles combinations in No. 24 Wu and Mira, No. 40 Alex Leatu and Wu and No. 71 Ashleigh Antal and Casares.

Alabama is 15-21 all-time against Vanderbilt, with the last match going to the Commodores in a 4-3 win in the 2011 SEC Tournament.

The Wildcats have lost six straight matches with their most recent defeats coming at South Carolina, 6-1, and at No. 2 Florida, 7-0.

Kentucky leads the series against Alabama 25-10 with the Tide taking the last two meetings, posting a 6-1 home victory in 2011 and 4-3 win in 2010 in Lexington.

"Our team has done an excellent job of handling one match at a time," added Mainz. "Nothing is different with this home match or our away match at Kentucky. We are focused on getting a good start and being ready to go from the first ball."

Live scoring will be available for both matches. Friday's scores can be found by clicking here, and Sunday's scores can be found by clicking here.