The Alabama women’s tennis team earned a 4-2 victory over No. 47 Auburn on Friday night at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With its second-consecutive Southeastern Conference win the Crimson Tide moves to 14-7 overall and 3-4 in league play, while the Tigers drop to 13-9 on the year and 0-7 in SEC action.
“I’m really proud of our team,“ head coach Jenny Mainz said. “We have shown so much resiliency and mental toughness and tenacity and we did it again tonight. It helped a lot that we got the doubles point and got some momentum going into singles. In singles we won five first sets and Auburn kept fighting and that’s how it is in the SEC.”
The Tide started the match with a strong showing in doubles action. Following a loss on court two, Alabama dominated with juniors Ann Selim and Kimberley Gintrand winning 6-3 at the No. 3 spot and senior Andie Daniell and sophomore Moka Ito clinching the doubles point 6-4 on court one.
The Crimson Tide continued its momentum into singles with junior Luca Fabian doubling the UA advantage after defeating Yu Chen, 6-1, 6-4, on court five. After an Auburn win on court two, seconds later Selim made it 3-1 when she bested Caroline Turner, 6-3, 6-1.
The Tigers answered with a three-set victory on court three to trim the deficit to 3-2. On court four, junior Alba Cortina Pou trailed 2-1 in the third set before rattling off five-straight games to secure the 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, win and clinch the 4-2 victory. Pou’s win over No. 113 Alannah Griffin was her first win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season.
The Crimson Tide will be back home for three more matches beginning with No. 2 Georgia on Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m.
- Daniell/Ito def. Griffin/Meredith, 6-4
- Daniel/Chen def. Cortina Pou/Fabian, 6-0
- Gintrand/Selim def. Russo/Song, 6-3
- No. 66 Andie Daniell vs. No. 91 Jaeda Daniel, 7-6(6), 4-6, 1-0, unf.
- Madeline Meredith def. Moka Ito, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
- Taylor Russo def. Jacqueline Pelletier, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
- Alba Cortina Pou def. No. 113 Alannah Griffin, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
- Luca Fabian def. Yu Chen, 6-1, 6-4
- Ann Selim def. Caroline Turner, 6-3, 6-1