March 27, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The sixth-ranked women's tennis team hits the road for a pair of Southeastern Conference matches this weekend at No. 10 Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Friday's match in Nashville against the Commodores will begin at 3:30 p.m. CT, while Sunday's match versus the Wildcats in Lexington is slated for Noon CT.
The Crimson Tide extended its winning streak to 11 matches, tying the longest streak in program history, with a 4-1 victory over South Carolina and a 4-3 win versus No. 5 Florida last weekend. Alabama's win over the Gators was the first in program history, snapping a 37-match losing streak. The Tide, standing at 15-2 overall and 7-0 in the SEC, has three singles players undefeated in SEC play, led by freshman Erin Routliffe at 5-0. Following last weekend's sweep, Alabama has now won 15 of 17 doubles points this season.
Vanderbilt also went 2-0 last weekend, moving to 14-4 overall and 7-1 in the SEC, after handing Tennessee a 4-0 loss and coming from behind to beat third-ranked Georgia, 4-2. In Sunday's win over the Bulldogs, the Commodores dropped the doubles point and faced a lineup featuring four nationally-ranked players in singles. Vanderbilt scored wins at six, four, three and two to pick up its first win against Georgia since 2006. Freshman Sydney Campbell rallied to beat No. 21 Maho Kowase to clinch the match for VU. Marie Casares continued her winning streak, pushing her total to 20, matching the longest winning streak in the country this season.
Kentucky, standing at 14-6 overall and 4-4 in the SEC, had its 11-match home winning streak snapped last weekend after losses to Georgia and Tennessee. Nadia Ravita leads the Wildcats at the top of the singles lineup, winning eight matches in dual-match play, while Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten are 10-3 at No. 1 doubles for Kentucky. The Wildcats also have a strong duo at No. 2 doubles as Aldila Sutjiadi and Ravita are 9-1 thus far.
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