Women's tennis comes up short at Auburn

Women's tennis comes up short at Auburn

The women’s tennis team prepares for SEC play. UA Athletics

Ben Boynton

On Friday night, the Alabama women’s tennis team had an opportunity to come up with a much-needed win on the road. Unfortunately for the Crimson Tide, it couldn’t pull away from the No. 14 Auburn Tigers.

Auburn defeated Alabama in a nearly four hour 4-3 match, giving the Crimson Tide its tenth straight loss and dropping its record to 4-13 on the season.

Alabama was able to earn the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. On court one, senior Natalia Maynetto and junior Erin Routliffe won 6-3, while the court three match went Auburn’s way, in the shape of a 6-2 defeat of sophomores Bennett Dunn and Aryn Greene.

It all came down to court two. Freshman Andie Daniell and junior Joanna Nena Savva rallied from a 5-3 deficit to win, taking the tiebreaker 8-6 and giving Alabama the doubles point.

In singles, Auburn quickly responded by taking four of the six first sets. On court three, Maynetto fell 6-1, 6-0 to tie up the match. At the number one spot, Routliffe won 6-0, 7-6 (2) to push the Crimson Tide back in front. The Tigers quickly pulled even again with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Daniell on court two.

The final three matches would all go to a third set. Alabama struck first, with Savva pulling off a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win on court five to take the 3-2 lead. Once again, Auburn tied things up, this time after junior Danielle Spielmann lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a narrow tiebreaker on court four.

Court six would end up being the deciding match, with Dunn falling 6-2, 0-6, 7-5 to give Auburn the win.

The Crimson Tide remains winless in the SEC through nine matches. Alabama returns home to play No. 6 Florida on April 8 at 5 p.m. CT, and follows that up with the final home match of the year, an April 10 matchup against No. 8 South Carolina.