Tide Tennis Teams Take Out Tigers
The sixth-ranked Alabama women's tennis team dominated LSU on Sunday, beating the Tigers 6-1, at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference while LSU dips to 7-7 on the season and 0-4 against league opponents.
The Alabama men's tennis team picked up its second Southeastern Conference victory of the weekend beating LSU, 6-1, on Sunday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the league while the Tigers drop to 5-6 on the season and 0-4 versus league foes.
The Tide women's team remains in Tuscaloosa next weekend when it hosts 14th-ranked Auburn beginning at 5 p.m. CDT Friday. The Bama men go to Auburn to take on the Tigers at noon Saturday.
In the womn's match against LSU, Alabama earned its first point of the afternoon after winning the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane were broken early to fall behind 2-1 but would go on to win the next seven straight games for the 8-2 win. The Tide had match point on courts two and three but it would be Antonia Foehse and Maya Jansen finishing first, posting an 8-4 decision over Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenburger.
Alabama would go on to win three straight singles matches to secure the team victory, getting its first singles win from Guarachi, 6-0, 6-2, on court two. From there, Jansen topped Ella Taylor 6-0, 6-4 on court three before Emily Zabor delivered the clinching victory on court four with a 6-1, 6-2 decision. LSU collected its lone point next with a 7-5, 6-3 win on court six before Alabama closed out the final two matches with Natalia Maynetto winning 6-4, 6-1 on court five and Macfarlane, 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-7 on court one.
In the men's win over LSU, Alabama jumped in front after earning the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura closed out their match first, beating Kevin Anderson and Tam Trinh, 8-6, thanks to a quick start. Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides secured the point on court three, topping Olivier Borsos and Harrison Kennedy, 8-4.
The Tide got back-to-back wins in singles from O'Shaughnessey and Kenyon to put Alabama in front 3-0, before LSU posted its lone point of the afternoon with a win on court four. Proskura then delivered the clinching point as he came from behind to beat Borsos in a battle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on court two. David Vieyra and Jarryd Botha would tack on the final two points for Alabama with Vieyra winning, 7-6(0), 7-6(6) on court five and Botha 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 from the No. 1 spot.
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