Tide Women's Tennis Beats USA in Regular Season Finale


Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Melissa Minor

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women’s tennis squad finished off its season the way it started, in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 win over South Alabama at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility on Tuesday.

Crimson Tide sophomore Melissa Minor gave Alabama the clinching point with a three set win over USA’s Klara Jarova, stemming a furious comeback by the Jaguars.

Alabama won the doubles point, then led 3-0 in the match after quick wins by the top two singles player, Ashley Bentley and Robin Stephenson.  The Jags won the next three singles matches to even the score at 3-3 before Minor’s marathon victory.

The match mirrored the Tide’s first dual match of the season, where ‘Bama led Louisville 3-0 before losing the next three matches.  Minor was in the same position in that match as well, winning in the last match on court to clinch the victory.

“We did a nice job tonight from a mental aspect of not getting down on ourselves and not panicking and relying on our strengths,” Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said.  “We’ve done a lot of hard work and progressed throughout the season and it’s time for us to surge.”

Prior to the match, Alabama honored Millie Begovic, the squad’s lone senior.

Alabama draws a rematch with rival Auburn in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.  Auburn beat Alabama in a 4-3 match in Auburn last Saturday.

Complete Match Results Follow:

#26 Alabama 4, #47 South Alabama 3


1.  #19 Stephenson/Bentley (UA) d. Palenikova/Rupic (USA), 8-5
2.  Koppelle/Minor (UA) d. Jarova/Kurekova (USA), 8-4
3.  Begovic/Nikolic (UA) d. Jager/Nemcovicova (USA), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1


1.  #44 Robin Stephenson (UA) d. Marlieke Jager (USA), 6-0, 6-2
2.  #71 Ashley Bentley (UA) d. Dominika Nemcovicova (USA), 6-2,6-1
3.  Ana Rupic (USA) d. Nathalie Koppelle (UA), 6-2, 6-4
4.  Katarina Palenikova (USA) d. Millie Begovic (UA), 7-6 (5), 6-2
5.  Melissa Minor (UA) d. Klara Jarova (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3*
6.  Andrea Kurekova (USA) d. Sonja Nikolic (UA), 6-1, 7-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 6, 5

*Clinched Match