Wednesday, April 30, 2003
The 32nd ranked University of Alabama women’s tennis team will face the 35th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma, on Saturday, May 10th in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Alabama is 17-7 and 6-5 in the SEC while Oklahoma is 19-6 overall and went 7-4 in the Big 12.
“We are very excited to be in postseason play,” UA head coach Jenny Mainz said. “It is an earned privilege.”
Oklahoma’s Anda Perianu is ranked 57th in the singles ranking and 30th in the doubles rankings with Heather Saluri. Bama’s Sophie Cremers is ranked 92nd in the singles rankings. Millie Begovic and Robin Stephenson are ranked 49th in doubles for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama has faced Oklahoma twice with the Crimson Tide coming out on top in both matches in 1981 and 1994. The winner of the Alabama/Oklahoma match will face the winner of the match between 7th ranked Georgia and University of Maryland Baltimore County.
“To go to the Central Region and play a team we don’t normally play will be fun,” Mainz said. “Our strength of schedule in the SEC will prove to be important.”
In 2002, Alabama defeated Ohio State in the NCAA first round before falling to regional host Tennessee in the second round. The Crimson Tide defeated BYU in the NCAA first round in 2001 and then lost to regional host Duke. This will be Alabama’s third straight NCAA appearance and fifth overall (1993, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003).