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Andie Daniell Earns First Team All-SEC Women's Tennis Honors...

on Thursday, April 26, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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Alabama women's tennis junior Andie Daniell was named First Team All-Southeastern Conference on Wednesday, as announced by the league office.

Daniell earns the fourth conference honor of her career and becomes the 12th player in program history to be named to the first team.

Daniell earns her first recognition on the first-team list after a scorching-hot spring season at the No. 1 singles position for the Crimson Tide.

The Douglasville, Ga., native amassed a team-high 17 wins in singles during the spring season, while totaling 26 overall victories for the 2017-18 season. In doubles, Daniell ended her campaign with 19 wins.

In the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings, Daniell landed a No. 88 with a 6.33 average.

Throughout the 2017-18 season, Daniell was featured on the national list nine times, earning her highest rank at No. 86 on April 17 before the SEC Tournament, while landing at No. 37 in the preseason rankings.

Daniell upset three ranked opponent in the spring season.

Her first victory over a nationally-recognized singles player came on March 2 when she took down No. 117 Justina Mikulskyte of Kentucky, 7-6(3), 6-2, and she later topped No. 52 Ingrid Gamarra Martins of South Carolina in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, on March 24.

Then on April 13, Daniell handled No. 85 Ryann Foster of LSU, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1.

During the fall slate, Daniell defeated No. 45 Lindsey Hodge from Rice University, 6-4, 6-1, while also reaching the semifinal round of the 2017 ITA Southern Regional Championships. Daniell ended the fall with a 9-2 record.

On April 17, Daniell was also named to the 2018 SEC Women's Tennis Community Service Team for her selfless work in the local community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and at the Black Warrior PT clinic.

After an outstanding freshman campaign (2015-16) Daniell was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, as well as earning second team all-conference honors and landing on the All-Freshman team.

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Chris Collier Named Alabama Swimming and Diving Assistant Coach...

on Thursday, April 26, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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University of Alabama head swimming and diving coach Dennis Pursley announced that Chris Collier has been added to the Crimson Tide staff as an assistant coach.

"We're very excited to add Chris to our staff," Pursley said. "He brings great credentials to Tuscaloosa and is someone that will fit in very well with the culture of excellence that is Alabama Athletics."

Collier joins the Crimson Tide following five seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin.

During his time with the Badgers, he helped lead both the men and women to top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

"I want to thank Coach Pursley for giving me the opportunity to join his great staff in Tuscaloosa," Collier said.

"With a rich history of producing world class student-athletes and a current team with unparalleled attitude, character and commitment, the future is very bright for the University of Alabama swimming and diving program and I'm excited to be a part of it."

On the conference level, Collier helped Wisconsin's women to a third place finish at the 2017 Big 10 Championships, its best finish since 2005, while the men posted three consecutive top-five finishes at Big 10s from 2015-17, its best stretch since the early 2000s.

During his tenure at Wisconsin, Collier-coached swimmers earned All-America, Big 10 Swimmer of the Year, All-Big 10 and Big 10 titles.

His swimmers also shattered multiple Big 10 and Wisconsin school records over his five years in Madison. He also coached 2017 FINA World Championship, 2017 World University Games and 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers.

Collier joined the Badgers after spending 2011 and 2012 as High Performance, Challenge and Imagination coach at the famed North Baltimore Aquatics Club (NBAC) in Baltimore, Md., under 2016 USA Head Olympic Coach Bob Bowman.

The High Performance group placed a pair of athletes on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, earning seven gold medals, three silvers and a bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The group sent 13 athletes to the USA Olympic Trials with numerous finals qualifiers and earned a 2012 USA Swimming Summer Junior National women's title.

Collier's athletes also earned all six national champion freestyle titles.

Prior to joining NBAC, Collier coached high school, YMCA and USA Swimming club teams starting in 1987.

A native of Newark, Del., Collier graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in physical education in 1992.

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Tournament Central Page for 2018 SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament...

on Thursday, April 26, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

Crimson Tide Athletics: is providing a 2018 SEC Men's Tennis Tournament Central page for fans and teams to enjoy throughout the entirety of the tournament here in Tuscaloosa.

The page is complete with ticket information, the tournament bracket/schedule, live stream/scoring links, links to recaps from every match and more.

The page provides easy access and a central point for all information regarding this year's competition.

Alabama men's tennis team opens up the 2018 SEC Men's Tournament against in-state rival Auburn today at 4 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.

The Crimson Tide is hosting the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2006.

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Alabama baseball sniffs out a win over Troy...

on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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Alabama pulled out a win over Troy Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa.

The Crimson Tide scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-3 win.

Chandler Avant had the big hit for Bama, a three-run home run.

It was just the second win since April 10 for Alabama. The Tide (23-20) had lost seven of its previous eight games and was outscored 44-10 while being swept by Auburn during the weekend.

"It was a good win for us tonight," Alabama coach Brad Bohannon said.

"It wasn't a perfect win, but it was a tough weekend for us, and I'm really proud of our kids for starting the game hot.
We also pitched several guys and did a good job out of the bullpen, so I'm glad to get a win. There were a lot of positives tonight."

The Tide travels to Arkansas for a three-game series this weekend.

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Another Nick Saban inspired rule...

on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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The NCAA banned a practice Alabama used in workouts in recent years.

Chalk up another Nick Saban inspired rule.

"Alabama famously used ex-players in practice; now, the NCAA has banned it"

No longer will former players be allowed to come back to be used as practice players, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The rule was sponsored by the ACC.

"The proposal is intended to negate competitive and recruiting advantages schools potentially could gain by allowing former student-athletes to practice with the current team," the NCAA news release read .

Alabama used a host of former stars in practices like Blake Sims, Trent Richardson and Richard Mullaney. Former QB John Parker Wilson also participated a few times including the 2016 preparation for LSU passer Danny Etling .

Sims played the role of Deshaun Watson entering the 2017 national title game.

"For one," AFCA executive director Todd Berry said, "it's taking opportunities away for current teams to practice and get better."

It wasn't just Alabama who used alumni in practice. Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd played the Jalen Hurts part in Tiger practices leading into that 2017 title game in Tampa.

Marshawn Lynch put on the pads with Cal during their 2016 trip to Australia during his brief retirement.

"There are advantages to be supplementing your team to have a 'practice squad' of former players," Berry of the AFCA said.

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Softball Maintains Top-20 Position in Nat'l Polls, NCAA RPI Rankings...

on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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Alabama softball maintained its position in the top 20 in the national polls and NCAA RPI this week, coming in at No. 17 in the RPI and the Softball poll and No. 18 in the USA Today/NFCA poll.

The Crimson Tide dropped one spot in both the RPI and the NFCA poll while holding at No. 17 for the second-straight week in the USA Softball poll. 

Alabama is 28-15 overall and 8-10 in conference play with two weekend series remaining on the road at Georgia and at home vs. Texas A&M.

Eleven SEC teams are ranked in the top 25 this week, including:

1.Florida (5/5)
2.Georgia (T6/8)
3.Tennessee (T6/7)
4.Texas A&M (11/12)
5.Auburn (12/15)
6.LSU (13/14)
7.South Carolina (14/13)
8.Arkansas (16/16)
9.Alabama (18/17)
10.Kentucky (20/18)
11.Mississippi State (23/25)
This week, Alabama travels to Athens, Ga., to face the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (40-7, 13-5 SEC) starting Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m. CT.

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Men’s Tennis’ Edson Ortiz Named to 2018 SEC Men’s Tennis Community Service Team...

on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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Sophomore Edson Ortiz was named to the 2018 SEC Men's Tennis Community Service Team the conference office announced on Tuesday morning.

Ortiz volunteered for a variety of Alabama Tennis Kids Clinics along with helping with the Tuscaloosa Tennis Association. 

He made numerous trips to Association Outreach events along with visits to the Capstone Village retirement home. 

He also participated in the Alabama Habitat for Humanity project in October, spending the day by building a house for a family in-need alongside other Crimson Tide student-athletes.

The Chihuahua, Mexico native, serves as one of two representatives on the team as a SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) Officer, where Ortiz functions as one of the voices for all Crimson Tide student-athletes in regards to enhancing their overall experience and well-being while at Alabama. 

Most recently Ortiz has spent time with 11-year-old Caleb Holcomb, after the team adopted him through the Team Impact program.

Ortiz and the Alabama men's tennis team will be back on the courts tomorrow in the first round of the SEC Men's Tennis Tournament against Auburn at 4 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.

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No. 6 Alabama Men’s Golf Turns Focus to 2018 SEC Championship...

on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Click Here To Comment!

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The sixth-ranked Alabama men's golf team will travel to St. Simons Island, Ga., to participate in the 2018 Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championship.

The event will begin on Wednesday afternoon on the par-70, 7,005-yard Sea Island Golf Club Seaside Course.

This year's format will begin with 18 holes on each of the first three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) in which all 14 SEC schools will compete.

At the conclusion of stroke play, the top eight teams will advance to the match play portion. The quarterfinals will tee off Saturday morning and the semifinals will begin that same afternoon.

The Championship match will take place on Sunday morning and will be televised live on SEC Network.

Alabama's lineup for the weekend remains the same as the previous two tournaments and is led by senior Lee Hodges and junior Davis Riley, both of whom are ranked among the top 16 golfers in the nation according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings.

Hodges, who has been playing his best golf of the year as of late, enters the event ranked No. 15 nationally.

Hodges has won medalist honors twice this spring (Puerto Rico Classic and Linger Longer Invitational) and has finished no lower than 11th in four of the Tide's five spring tournaments.

Entering this weekend's event, the Ardmore, Tenn., native has carded scores of par or better in 12 of his last 15 rounds and currently tops the team with a 70.78 per round stroke average and a -0.56 average vs. par.

Meanwhile, Riley, who is ranked 16th nationally, has been equally as impressive, entering the SEC Championship in second on the team in both stroke average (70.81) and average vs. par (-0.52).

Through the Tide's nine tournaments this season, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native owns six top-10 finishes and four top-five results.

Senior Jonathan Hardee ranks third on the team with a 72.81 per round average, while his 1.48 average vs. par also is third-best on the team.

Freshmen Davis Shore (73.04) and Wilson Furr (74.56) round out the Tide's starting five. Both Shore and Furr are coming off a top-10 finish at last week's Mason Rudolph Championship, finishing in second and seventh, respectively.

The 2018 championship could be one of the most competitive the league has seen, as five teams are ranked among the top-10 in the nation, eight schools rank among the top 20 and all 14 programs are among the top-60 in's most updated rankings, which was released on April 18.

In addition to the sixth-ranked Tide, other top-20 teams include: No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Auburn, No. 11 LSU, No. 16 Arkansas and No. 19 Kentucky. Also competing this week is No. 34, Ole Miss, No. 38 South Carolina, No. 39 Missouri, No. 50 Tennessee, No. 54 Georgia and No. 56 Mississippi State.

The Tide has won five SEC Championships in program history, including three consecutive titles from 2012-14. Alabama also claimed the hardware in 1979 and 2008, while finishing runners-up on six different occasions.

Live scoring for this year's tournament can be found at

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