TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 34th-ranked Alabama women's tennis team (7-2) will host No. 18 Tennessee (6-3) and No. 13 Georgia (4-1) in the opening weekend for Southeastern Conference play. The Crimson Tide will take on the Lady Volunteers on Friday, March 4, at 3 p.m. and the Bulldogs on Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m. CT.
"We're excited about kicking off the SEC season at home with Tennessee and Georgia," Alabama Head Coach Jenny Mainz said. "These are both tremendous opportunities for us. I feel we've played a quality schedule and gained valuable experience to prepare for the SEC season. The SEC is strong and deep this year which affords us many chances against top-ranked teams."
Last time out, Alabama bounced back from a first-round loss in the 2011 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic to win two straight to claim the consolation draw finals on Sunday. In the opening round, the Tide fell 4-2 to No. 22 Oklahoma before posting a 4-2 win over No. 51 Utah and a 4-0 victory against No. 48 DePaul. Sophomore Alexa Guarachi had a stellar weekend for Alabama going 3-0 in singles at the No. 2 position and 2-0 in doubles at the No. 1 spot. For her efforts, she was named SEC Player of the Week on Wednesday.
Tennessee suffered its first losses of the season at the ITA National Indoor Championships with a trio of 4-1 defeats at the hands of No. 3 Baylor, No. 6 Duke and No. 9 Miami. Despite the losses, the Lady Volunteers won the doubles point versus the Blue Devils and Bears. Heading into the tournament, Tennessee was 6-0.
Tennessee leads the all-time series between the teams 26-13. In last year's meeting, the Lady Volunteers won 4-2 in Knoxville.
Georgia has had a long break from dual-match action with its last match coming on Feb. 12 when the Bulldogs took down then ninth-ranked Clemson, 5-2. Georgia currently holds a 3-1 record against nationally ranked teams, with all of its wins coming against top 25 teams. The Bulldogs' lone loss on the season came to No. 6 North Carolina on the road, 4-3.
Georgia leads the all-time series 34-1 against Alabama. The Bulldogs won last season's meeting 4-2 in Athens.
Next up, Alabama will travel to No. 1 Florida and No. 27 South Carolina on Friday, March 11, and Sunday, March 13, respectively. The Tide and Gators are slated to play at 5 p.m. CT, while Sunday's contest against the Gamecocks will begin at 1 p.m. CT.