Tennis: Crimson Tide, Blazers to meet Wednesday

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The 51st-ranked Alabama men's tennis team (9-10) will step out of Southeastern Conference play for its annual matchup with UAB (9-8) on Wednesday, April 13. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.

"Our guys are anxious to get back on the court and host in-state rival UAB," Alabama head coach Billy Pate said. "We've had a good series with the Blazers the last several years, and they have strong group of players. I expect us to be ready and perform well."

Last time out, the Crimson Tide dropped its final two home SEC matches of the season with 5-2 losses to No. 32 Mississippi and No. 25 Mississippi State. In Friday's loss to the Rebels, Alabama got a pair of singles wins from sophomores Jarryd Botha and Ian Chadwell. Botha also gave the Tide a win on Sunday against the Bulldogs, as did junior Ricky Doverspike, who knocked down 76th-ranked George Coupland on court one.

The Blazers enter Wednesday's match winners of their last five, with UAB's most recent victory coming in a 4-3 decision over Troy. The Blazers are 3-7 in true road matches this season.

Alabama leads the all-time series with UAB, 16-4. In last year's meeting in Birmingham, the Tide came out with a 5-2 win.

"Most of the time, it's a great atmosphere playing at night when some of the match is under the lights," Pate added. "We'll be playing the same time at Auburn on Saturday, so it will be good to adjust to some night tennis."

Following Wednesday's match, Alabama will play its final contest of the regular season on Saturday when it heads to Auburn to take on the 18th-ranked Tigers at 5 p.m. CT.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics