Tide Tennis Teams In SEC Action

In the opening week of Southeastern Conference tennis, the Crimson Tide women's team opened up with two home victories, but the Bama men had to go on rhe road and went 1-1. The Alabama women are on the road this weekend. Although the Tide men have an SEC home match Sunday, they'll join the women's team at LSU today.

The fourth-ranked Alabama women's tennis team (10-2, 2-0 SEC) will take on LSU this weekend in Baton Rouge before heading to Fayetteville to face the Arkansas Razorbacks. The match against the Tigers will start at 4 p.m. CST today, while Sunday's match is scheduled for Noon CDT.

The Alabama men's team (7-6, 1-1 SEC) is in Baton Rouge today to take on the LSU Tigers before returning home to Tuscaloosa for a doubleheader on Sunday against Arkansas and The Citadel. Today's match will begin at 1 p.m. CST, while Sunday's matches will be played at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

The Crimson Tide women's team holds the best national ranking in program history at No. 4. After defeating Mississippi State and Ole Miss last weekend by a combined score of 8-0, the Tide moved ahead six spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

Alabama swept its first two league matches without dropping a point since 2003 with the pair of 4-0 victories last weekend. The Tide won its ninth and 10th doubles points of the season against the Bulldogs and Rebels as the duo of senior Mary Anne Daines and freshman Danielle Spielmann improved to 8-2 overall with a pair of wins over the weekend. In singles, sophomore Maya Jansen won both of her matches in straight sets to move to 7-3 on the season.

LSU enters the weekend at 7-4 overall and 0-2 in SEC play after dropping its first two league matches at Kentucky, 4-1, and No. 8 Vanderbilt, 7-0. The Tigers currently have one player ranked in singles, with junior Noel Scott at No. 87. LSU leads the all-time series with Alabama, 28-13, however the Tide has won the last three straight.

Arkansas heads into the second weekend of league action at 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the SEC after losses at No. 8 Vanderbilt, 6-1, and Kentucky, 4-0. The Razorbacks have the No. 38 doubles team in the nation with the duo of sophomores Kimberly-Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley. The Tide boasts a 19-9 record against the Razorbacks, winning the last three in the series.

The Crimson Tide men split last weekend's matches against No. 16 Mississippi State and Ole Miss, suffering a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs before defeating the Rebels 4-2 to even up its conference record.

Junior Andrew Goodwin and freshman Nikko Madregallejo both went 2-0 in singles, with Goodwin's come-from-behind victory on court six clinching the victory over Ole Miss. The Tide also won the doubles point against the Rebels with victories from freshmen Sean Donohue and Hayes Brewer on court three and senior Daniil Proskura and sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey on court one.

LSU enters Friday's match at 6-5 overall and 0-2 against SEC opponents after falling 4-1 to No. 14 Vanderbilt and 5-2 to No. 25 Kentucky last weekend. Tiger junior Chris Simpson is ranked 109th nationally, while he and sophomore Boris Arias stand at No. 20 in the nation in doubles. LSU leads the all-time series with Alabama, 35-21, however the Tide won last season's matchup, 6-1.

Arkansas is 8-8 on the season and 0-2 against league foes having lost 7-0 to the Commodores and 6-1 to the Wildcats last weekend. The Razorbacks have a pair of nationally-ranked doubles team as the duos of seniors Hall Fess and Pete Thomason, as well as seniors Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott make up the No. 41 and No. 53 doubles teams in the nation, respectively. The Tide currently holds a 16-9 record against the Razorbacks and won the last meeting, 6-1.

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