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Alabama Women’s Tennis Set to Begin NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship Play...

on 5/24/2017 09:00:00 AM

Crimson Tide Women's Tennis:

Alabama senior Erin Routliffe and freshman Maddie Pothoff will represent the Alabama women's tennis team at the 2017 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships!

They will begin play Wednesday, May 24, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. 

Routliffe is scheduled to face Meible Chi of Duke in the first round of the singles draw on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. CT. 

In the first round of doubles on Thursday, May 25, Routliffe and Pothoff will square off against Stanford's Emily Arbuthnott and Taylor Davidson at a time that still has yet to be determined.

Routliffe, a two-time NCAA Doubles Champion and a four-time first team All-SEC accolade winner, is making her third consecutive appearance in the singles championship. 

She is currently ranked No. 13 in singles in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings, playing all of her matches from the top position in singles and doubles. 

During the 2016-17 campaign, she registered seven wins over nationally ranked singles opponents. Routliffe leads the team for the most doubles wins in dual-match play with 13, while rankings second on the team for the most singles wins in the spring season with 13. 

Based upon her elite performance in the regular season, Routliffe enters this year's singles bracket as a No. 9-16 seed. 

If she moves on to the second round on Thursday, she will take on the winner between Ioanna Markesini of ETSU and Mia Horvit of South Carolina.

Pothoff and Routliffe are a No. 5-8 seed in this year's doubles bracket, giving the pair ITA All-America honors. 

The duo is currently ranked No. 5 nationally, and they collected five victories over nationally ranked doubles opponents during the 2017 spring campaign. 

If the couple advances to the round of 16 on Friday, they will take on the winner of the match between Florida's Anna Danilina and Ingrid Neel and Georgia Tech's Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones.

The Tide has been represented in the NCAA individual tournament in each of the last eight years and both the singles and doubles tournament in the same season seven times.

All matches will be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.

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