The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s tennis team closed out its weekend Sunday in the Rice Invitational at the George R. Brown Tennis Center in Houston, Texas with a pair of players winning their competition flights. Sophomore Jacqueline Pelletier won 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 for the Flight 4 title in her first tournament with Alabama after transferring from St. Mary’s. Senior Smith Hinton rallied in her final match to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and win the Flight 3 title.
Two years ago Shelby Baron became the first full-time tennis player for The University of Alabama’s wheelchair tennis team after picking up the sport at 10 years old. Now at age 22, Baron is competing with Team USA in the Paralympics in Rio. But Rio was not always in her plans. She had accepted that 2016 was not going to be the year she became a Paralympian and set her sights on Tokyo in 2020. Then on her 22 birthday, Aug. 12, the senior received a call from her nationals coach, Dan James, while helping freshmen move into dorms and everything changed.
A thrilling comeback in the doubles point had the crowd at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility buzzing. The Crimson Tide had just beaten the No. 16 Florida Gators in a doubles point it looked like it would lose, and had all the momentum heading into singles play. An upset looked like a possibility. Then singles play started, and those hopes were dashed. Florida took five of the six singles matches en route to a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon, dropping Alabama to 13-9 on the season and 4-4 in the SEC. “At the end of the day it’s who executes and who produces fewer unforced errors,” Coach George Husack said. “In singles, we didn’t execute enough and they were just more rock solid.”
It has been a rough stretch for the University of Alabama women’s tennis team. The team is currently mired in a seven-match losing streak, and it has not won since Feb. 26 against Princeton in Birmingham.
The Alabama women’s tennis team were unable to follow up its first round victory in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, falling to No. 11 Oklahoma State for the second time this season, this time a 4-0 loss.
The No. 18 The University of Alabama women’s tennis team faces a tough challenge Feb. 15 when it travels to Charlottesville, Virginia, to take on the No. 9 University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Crimson Tide is currently 2-3 after losing its last three matches, all against ranked teams, in the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship.
The University of Alabama men’s tennis team rebounded from its loss to Oklahoma Friday night to defeat Troy and Lipscomb in a home doubleheader at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility on Sunday night. The two wins move Alabama to 7-3, replacing back-to-back losses with back-to-back wins. The loss to Oklahoma could have taken its toll on the Crimson Tide, but the team only used it as motivation for Sunday’s matches.
Alabama knew it would take all it had, and it certainly played hard, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough. The Crimson Tide men’s tennis team dropped a challenging match against No. 5 ranked Oklahoma, 5-2, Friday night at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. The loss moves Alabama to 5-3, and OU raises its record to 3-1. Despite the loss, the team was still pleased with how it played.
The No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide women’s tennis team fell to No. 5 North Carolina, 4-0, in its opening match of the 2016 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. The defeat marks the first of the season for Alabama, dropping the Crimson Tide to a 2-1 record. The defeat included the team's first doubles-point loss of the young season, as juniors Joanna Nena Savva and Danielle Spielmann were defeated, 6-0, and the pairing of freshman Andie Daniell and junior Erin Routliffe also lost their doubles match, 6-2. The defending champion Tar Heels continued to show why they are ranked No. 5 in the country during the singles portion, taking five-of-six first sets. UNC earned its second point when Jessie Aney defeated Spielmann, 6-0, 6-3. Sophomore Aryn Greene lost to Chloe Ouellet-Pizer, 6-2, 6-2. Then, North Carolina finished the match, earning its fourth point as the sixth ranked Hayley Carter defeated Routliffe, 6-1, 6-3. Three matches were left unfinished. The only first set that North Carolina did not win was between Alabama senior Natalia Maynetto and UNC’s Marika Akkerman, and it was tied, 6-6. Savva was trailing in her second set, 3-2, when play ended. She lost the first set, 6-4. Daniell was leading in her second set 4-3 after dropping the first set 6-2. Alabama will finish out the tournament with two consolation matches. Match times and opponents will be announced later today.
Women’s tennis faces tough tournament challenge By Ben Boynton The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s tennis team is in Madison, Wisconsin, to play in the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Tournament, starting on Friday. This is the fourth straight appearance in the tournament for the Crimson Tide, who are currently 2-0 and ranked No. 13 in the country.