“The fact that we were able to come out here today – after the match we had on Friday vs. Georgia – and take care of business is another mark that we are moving forward and maturing as a team,” said Alabama Coach Jenny Mainz.
Alabama made quick work of doubles play, securing its eleventh opening point in thirteen matches on the season. Finishing first for the Crimson Tide was Danielle Spielmann and Luicelena Perez who won 8-6 on court three, just ahead of Emily Zabor and Natalia Maynetto’s 8-3 victory on court two. Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen were leading Tennessee’s No. 34 Joanna Henderson/Caitlyn Williams 6-5 when the point was clinched.
Alabama carried its momentum into singles play, winning the first set on all six courts. Perez was first to finish for the Tide, knocking off Tennessee’s Tiffany Tavares 6-1, 6-2 on court six. Just moments later, Spielmann pushed the Tide’s lead to 3-0 with a commanding 6-1, 6-0 victory on court two. Clinching the shutout victory for the Tide was Erin Routliffe who won a back-and-forth battle against Tennesse’s Joanna Henderson 6-3, 6-2 on court one.
Winners of three straight, and eight of its last nine matches overall, Alabama will continue conference play when it heads to Ole Miss and Mississippi State for another Friday/Sunday matchup next weekend. The Tide and Rebels will square off in Oxford at 5 p.m. CDT Friday before a 1:00 p.m. CDT first serve vs. the Bulldogs on Sunday in Starkville.