March 5, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 38 Alabama women’s tennis team (4-6, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) lost a 4-1 decision to No. 14 Texas A&M (9-4, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. It was the first outdoor home match of the season.
Texas A&M quickly took control in doubles to begin the day. The Aggies held leads of 4-0 on courts two and three while court one remained close. Domenica Gonzalez and Ines Deheza defeated senior Natalia Maynetto and junior Joanna Nena Savva 6-0 at the third spot. On court one, Rachel Pierson and Eva Paalma pulled away from 20th-ranked Andie Daniell and Erin Routliffe 6-3, winning the final four games.
The Crimson Tide was unable to rally in singles, as Texas A&M won four first sets, including two by a score of 6-0. Deheza took down sophomore Aryn Greene 6-0, 6-1 at the sixth positon, which was followed up by Rutuja Bhosale getting past Savva 6-0, 6-4.
Routliffe put Alabama on the board thanks to a tough 6-4, 6-4 victory over Rachel Pierson on court two. However, 53rd-ranked Saska Gavrilovska picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win over 38th-ranked Daniell at the top spot to clinch the match for the Aggies.
Next up, the Tide kicks off a four-match road swing with contests at No. 7 Georgia on Friday, March 11 and at No. 54 Tennessee on Sunday, March 13.
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