If there’s an Alabama women’s tennis player who can walk right up to someone, give them a great big hug and kiss on the cheek as a greeting, it’s senior Luicelena Perez. After graduating from high school in Venezuela in 2010, she took two years off to play tennis. Soon, she was looking into playing college tennis for the first time. She only heard about Alabama from current teammate Natalia Maynetto since they knew each other from when Perez lived in Florida.
In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released on Wednesday, the women’s tennis team moved up one spot to No. 11 after defeating Auburn 4-0 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
The Alabama men’s tennis team split its last at-home matches this weekend. It defeated South Carolina on Friday, 4-1. Then, on Sunday, the score was reversed when the Crimson Tide lost to Georgia, 1-4. Alabama is now 15-15 overall and 3-8 in the SEC.
She was born with tennis in her blood and soon after, she had a racket in her hand. It’s easy for senior Emily Zabor to recall why she first got into tennis – it was inevitable with her family. Her father played in college at Michigan State University, and his father played tennis at The University of Detroit. Tennis was always a big deal on that side of the family, she said.
In order to be successful this weekend, the Alabama men’s tennis team needs to be all in during each match. According to coach George Husack, each and every player needs to show up ready to play, then leave everything out on the court.