Tennis

​Alabama women’s tennis suffers first loss of the season

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

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.


Women's tennis advances to ITA Indoor Championship

It all came down to Alabama senior Natalia Maynetto, and she delivered. A 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory got her mobbed by her teammates and gave Alabama the dramatic 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. Maynetto took a moment to calm her nerves before her decisive third set, and she feels that made a difference. “Things didn’t really go my way in that second set, so I just took a quick little break,” Maynetto said.