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Alabama’s Routliffe and Pothoff Set to Play in NCAA Doubles National Championship Match on Monday...

on Monday, May 29, 2017

Crimson Tide Women's Tennis:

Alabama's No. 5 ranked doubles duo in senior Erin Routliffe and freshman Maddie Pothoff topped LSU's No. 16 ranked doubles team Ryann Foster and Joana Valle Costa in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

"We played them earlier in the season and we knew they were a really good team," said Routliffe. 

"Being a senior and facing them at least four times, I knew how good they were. I told Maddie (Pothoff) before the match to just focus on our strengths and play as aggressive as we could. I think we did that from the very beginning and we played well overall."

Routliffe and Pothoff got off to a strong start in the opening frame, as the duo won the first three games to take an early 3-0 lead. 

Foster and Valle Costa broke the next serve trimming the Tide's lead to 3-1, but it wasn't enough as Routliffe and Pothoff rattled off three-straight games to win the first set in a 6-1 decision.

The momentum continued to roll for the Tide's tandem in the second stanza, as Routliffe and Pothoff won the first three games again to take an early 3-0 lead. 

Foster and Valle Costa held their next serve cutting Alabama's lead to 3-1, before Routliffe and Pothoff claimed three consecutive games to win the set in a 6-1 decision.

Alabama's duo will take on Ohio State's No. 18 ranked doubles team Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase in the national championship on Monday at Noon CT.

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.

In 2014 and 2015, Routliffe won the NCAA Doubles Championship and was named the ITA Doubles Team of the Year.

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