TUSCALOOSA, AL – The 27th-ranked Alabama women's tennis team (11-5, 4-3 SEC) will play its final pair of road matches of the regular season this weekend as it travels to No. 34 Mississippi (9-8, 2-6 SEC) and Mississippi State (2-12, 0-8 SEC). The Crimson Tide will take on the Rebels on Friday, April 8, at 3 p.m. before facing the Bulldogs on Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. CT.
"Last weekend we had ultimate team efforts against Arkansas and LSU, and we are looking to continue that this weekend," Alabama Head Coach Jenny Mainz said. "We have a lot of players on our team really finding their stride and gaining more confidence. They are working through tough spots and coming out in the front end of it. I still believe our best tennis is ahead of us."
Alabama won a pair of home matches last week with a 4-3 victory over No. 15 Arkansas and a 7-0 win against No. 53 LSU to up its winning streak to four consecutive matches. Sunday's victory was a milestone on two accounts as the Tide won its fourth in a row versus a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since 2004, while the sweep over the Tigers also marked the first time since 2003 Alabama blanked LSU. In Friday's win over the Razorbacks, sophomore Antonia Foehse provided the clinching victory with a come-from-behind win on court five. She and doubles partner, freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane, also improved to 12-0 on the season with a pair of wins on the weekend at No. 3 doubles.
The Rebels dropped their last two matches falling 6-1 to the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs before dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 14 Tennessee in Knoxville. Mississippi is currently 3-3 at home this season, with its last win in Oxford coming on Feb. 25, against Middle Tennessee. The Rebels hold the edge in all-time meetings between the programs with 29 wins to the Tide's 12. Last year, Alabama fell to Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, 4-1.
Mississippi State suffered its ninth-straight loss last weekend after falling to Georgia, 6-1. The Bulldogs last victory came on Feb. 20, when they edged Troy, 4-3. Mississippi State is 2-5 at home this season and still in search of its first Southeastern Conference win. Alabama leads the all-time series with 30 wins to Mississippi State's 11. In the last meeting, the Tide came away with a 6-1 win in Tuscaloosa.
Next up, Alabama will take on No. 14 Tennessee on Tuesday, April 12. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.