April 21, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - By virtue of a first round bye, the 23rd-ranked women's tennis team (15-5, 8-3 SEC) will take on No. 19 Vanderbilt (14-7, 7-4 SEC) in the second round of play at the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships on Friday, April 22, in Knoxville, Tenn. The fourth-seeded Crimson Tide and No. 5 seed Commodores will meet at 8 a.m. CT.
"The SEC Championships pose more opportunities for us," Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. "It's a new season where anything can happen. One of our goals is to be playing our best tennis in April and May. We've gained momentum and confidence, and we're playing high-quality tennis. We need to continue focusing on doing the right things."
Alabama enters tournament play on an eight match SEC winning streak, which marks the most consecutive conference victories in program history. In its last outing, Alabama capped off the regular season with a 7-0 win over Auburn. The match was the first sweep for Alabama over the Tigers since 2004.
The Commodores advanced to take on the Tide after defeating Mississippi State on Thursday, 4-1. In the regular season match, Alabama edged out Vanderbilt 4-3 in Nashville. The Tide swept the Commodores in doubles to earn the early point, but Vanderbilt would fight back to even the match score at 3-3 before Alabama junior Courtney McLane would clinch with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles.
The winner of Friday's match will play in the tournament semifinals on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT. For more information, including live scoring, click here.