April 10, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The ninth-ranked women's tennis team (18-3, 10-1 SEC) will head to Athens, Ga., and Knoxville Tenn., for the final road matches of the regular season where it will face No. 8 Georgia (17-3, 10-1 SEC) and No. 31 Tennessee (11-10, 5-6 SEC). Matches on Friday versus the Bulldogs will begin at 4 p.m. CT, and Sunday's matches against the Lady Volunteers will start at Noon CT.
Alabama finished out its regular-season home slate with a 10-0 record after posting wins over No. 10 Texas A&M and Missouri last weekend by scores of 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. Erin Routliffe went 4-0 in her two doubles matches and two singles matches en route to being named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, while Luicelena Perez was 2-0 in doubles and 1-0 in singles. Maya Jansen provided the clinching singles victories in both matches from the No. 4 spot. The Tide currently has four women ranked in singles with No. 53 Mary Anne Daines, No. 64 Routliffe, No. 84 Perez and No. 87 Jansen. The team also has four duos ranked in doubles with Routliffe and Jansen at No. 10, Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann at No. 42, Spielmann and Daines at No. 43 and Emily Zabor and Perez at No. 52.
Georgia picked up a pair of road shutouts last weekend, beating No. 47 Arkansas and No. 54 LSU, 4-0. The Bulldogs come into Friday's match having shutout four-straight opponents. Georgia currently has four players ranked nationally, including three in the top-25. Lauren Herring sits at No. 7, Silvia Garcia at No. 14, Maho Kowase at No. 19 and Lilly Kimbell at No. 73. In addition, the Bulldogs have four duos ranked in doubles with Herring and Kowase at No. 2, Kate Fuller and Garcia at No. 28, Kimbell and Mia King at No. 54, and Caroline Brinson and Kimbell at No. 81.
Tennessee also went undefeated last weekend in its final regular season road trip to LSU and Arkansas, beating the Tigers 4-3, and the Razorbacks, 4-0. The Lady Volunteers have one player ranked in singles with Eve Repic at No. 75, as well as one duo ranked in doubles with Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams at No. 90.
Georgia leads the series with Alabama 39-2, while Tennessee is 26-17 all-time against the Tide. Alabama's last win over the Bulldogs came in 2012 in Athens, while the Tide has beat the Volunteers in the last four-straight meetings.
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