ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama’s No. 5-ranked doubles duo in senior Erin Routliffe and freshman Maddie Pothoff topped LSU’s No. 16-ranked doubles team Ryann Foster and Joana Valle Costa in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Routliffe and Pothoff got off to a strong start, winning the first three games to take an early 3-0 lead. Foster and Valle Costa broke the next serve, trimming the Tide’s lead to 3-1, but it wasn’t enough as Routliffe and Pothoff rattled off three straight games to win the first set, 6-1.
In the second set, Routliffe and Pothoff won the first three games again. Foster and Valle Costa held their next serve, cutting Alabama’s lead to 3-1, before Routliffe and Pothoff claimed three consecutive games to win the set, 6-1.
Alabama’s duo will take on Ohio State’s No. 18-ranked doubles team Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase in the national championship on Monday at noon CT.
The Tide has been represented in the NCAA individual tournament each of the last eight years and in both the singles and doubles tournament in the same season seven times.
In 2014 and 2015, Routliffe won the NCAA Doubles Championship and was named the ITA Doubles Team of the Year.