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Alabama’s Routliffe and Pothoff Advance to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Bracket...

on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crimson Tide Women's Tennis:

Alabama's No. 5 ranked doubles tandem in senior Erin Routliffe and freshman Maddie Pothoff won a 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 decision against Georgia Tech's No. 29 ranked doubles pair Kenya Jones and Paige Hourigan in the round of 16 in the 2017 NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Jones and Hourigan held their first serve of the contest, before breaking the Tide's first serve to take an early 2-0 advantage in the opening set.

Routliffe and Pothoff responded with back-to-back games to equalize the score at 2-2, before Georgia Tech's tandem replied back with back-to-back games of their own to earn a 4-2 lead.

Alabama's pair broke Georgia Tech's next serve, before holding a serve of their own to tie the score at 4-4.

Both doubles teams held their next serves bringing the score to 5-5, before Routliffe and Pothoff went up a break at 6-5.

The Tide's duo held their final serve of the first frame to claim a 7-5 decision over Jones and Hourigan.

In the second set, both doubles teams got up a break on each other tying the score at 1-1, before Georgia Tech rattled off back off back-to-back games to take a 3-1 advantage.

Routliffe and Pothoff collected the next two games to equalize the score at 3-3. The score would be tied again at 4-4 and 5-5, before Georgia Tech registered back-to-back games to win the set in a 7-5 decision.

Routliffe and Pothoff went on to win the tiebreaker in a 10-6 result.

Alabama's duo will take on the Denver's No 17 ranked doubles team Julia O'Loughlin and Maureen Slattery in the quarterfinals on Saturday at a time to be determined.

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

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