After coming down to two close third sets in singles play, Alabama defeated Virginia Tech, 4-2 in the Roberta Alison Indoor Facility on Sunday. After a 3-0 lead, the Hokies won two singles matches in straight sets, leaving Ortiz/Korsgaard and Zhou/Ribeiro to decide the outcome. Ultimately, senior Edson Ortiz clinched the match winning the third set, 7-5.
In doubles, the Crimson Tide grabbed the first point. No. 40 senior Alexey Nesterov and junior Riccardo Roberto started things off with a 6-3 win, followed by senior Zhe Zhou and freshman Marcelo Sepulveda Garza, who snagged a 6-4 victory.
In singles, Alabama got off to 2-0 start with straight set wins by Nesterov and junior Jeremy Gschwendtner. Later, Junior Patrick Kaukovalta and Riccardo came up short against their opponents. Ortiz rounded out the day with a three set, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win.
Next, Alabama will take on Drake at 2 p.m. Friday and Minnesota at noon Sunday.
Ortiz/Kaukovalta vs. Korsgaard/Ribeiro, 5-3, unfinished
No. 40 Nesterov/Roberto def. Perez/Kros, 6-3
Zhou/Sepulveda Garza def. Donato/Harper, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3
Edson Ortiz def. Korsgaard, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Mitch Harper def. No. 96 Riccardo Roberto, 6-2, 6-4
Zhe Zhou vs. Alex Ribeiro, 6-1, 7-5, 5-4, unfinished
Alexey Nesterov def. Brandon Perez, 6-1, 6-2
Carlo Donato def. Patrick Kaukovalta, 6-4, 6-3
Jeremy Gschwendtner def. Matthis Ross, 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5, 2, 1