Tide Notes

Alabama's men's tennis team moved up in the rankings, the Crimson Tide softball team got another high pre-season poll spot, and the gymnast of the week is a Bama freshman who led the Tide to another victory over Auburn.

The Alabama men's tennis team of Coach Billy Pate moved up two spots to number 33 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings released Tuesday.

Georgia is ranked first for the second time this season. Other Southeastern Conference teams in the ranking include No. 15 Florida, No. 22 LSU, No. 31 Kentucky, No. 40 Auburn, No. 41 Tennessee, No. 53 Mississippi State and No. 65 Vanderbilt.

The Tide is 2-0 to start the 2007 dual match season, with a 5-2 win over Troy and a 7-0 shut-out over Jacksonville State last Saturday.

Alabama hosts No. 5 Virginia (3-0) at noon CST Sunday at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

The 2007 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top-25 preseason poll was released on Tuesday with the Alabama team of Coach Patrick Murphy ranked No. 8, one spot behind its 2006 final ranking.       

The Tide is ranked seventh in the USA Today/NFCA preseason top-25. Bama made its fourth Women's College World Series appearance in 2006. Alabama finished the season with a 54-11 record and won the SEC Championship for the first time in school history.

The top spot in the poll went to defending national champion Arizona, which earned 13 first place votes and took both No. 1 rankings in the preseason polls. Tennessee, the unanimous pick to win the SEC in 2007, followed the Wildcats with five first-place votes for second in the poll while UCLA was listed third with two first-place votes. Northwestern and Arizona State rounded out the first five at No. 4 and No. 5.

  Oregon State and LSU precede the Tide at the No. 6 and 7 slots. Following Alabama in ninth is Stanford, which the Tide swept in the NCAA Super Regionals last season. Cal came in at 10th after finishing one spot higher in 2006.

There are five opponents on Alabama's schedule in the top-25 and two others that received votes. This season the Crimson Tide will face No. 2 Tennessee, No. 7 LSU, No. 12 Georgia, No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 22 N.C. State, Auburn (RV) and Florida (RV).

Alabama will begin its season February 9-11 at the Century-Tel Softball Classic hosted by Texas State University. The Tide will begin its home schedule the following weekend February 16-18 when Alabama hosts the Hampton Inn Bama Bash!

Kassi Price, a 5-2 freshman from Plantation, Florida, is the SEC Gymnast of the Week as she won her third consecutive all-around of the season, leading the Crimson Tide to the nation's top score against conference rival Auburn. Price's 39.575 was a career best for the freshman. She also scored a 9.925 on the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise against the Tigers.

She is ranked No. 2 nationally in the all-around behind Crimson Tide teammate Morgan Dennis after holding the top spot last week. Price is also ranked No. 2 nationally on the floor exercise and in the top-25 on the other three events, including No. 9 on the uneven bars.

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