Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season in Tuscaloosa, AL

STARKVILLE, Miss. -­ Mississippi State's women's tennis team will open its fall schedule in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the 19th Annual Roberta Alison Fall Classic on Fri., Sept. 24. The three-day tournament will be held at the new Alabama Tennis Complex on the UA campus.

"I am really excited about the upcoming tournament," said head coach Tracy Lane. "Alabama always hosts a great tournament and has a lot of competitive teams. We have been training really hard for the past couple of weeks, so we are ready to get into competition. The first tournament is always one that we look forward to as it gives us an idea of how we compete and what we need to improve on in order to have a successful season."

The first and second rounds of doubles are set to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, with the first round of singles to follow. On Saturday, doubles playoffs and finals will start at 8 a.m., followed by the second round of singles. The singles playoffs and finals begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Ten teams and 65 athletes are scheduled to compete in the tournament. Alabama, Auburn, Auburn-Montgomery, Birmingham-Southern, Georgia State, Samford, Louisville, South Alabama and Texas Tech are all opening their fall schedules this weekend.

Seven Roberta Alison Classic previous championship winners will compete this weekend, including five 2003 champions. MSU's Magdi Rekasi won the Flight C singles championship in 2003.

The Roberta Alison Classic is named for the Alabama tennis legend that broke gender barriers to compete as UA's first female varsity athlete.

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