TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Memphis Tiger women’s tennis team fell in the No. 40 Alabama 4-3.
The Tigers opened the match strong in doubles, winning the first two matches to take the first point. Aran Teixido Garcia and Emil Meyer previously won 6-2 at the top of the table Carlota Farres Carre and Miriam Grossman secured the double result with a 6:4 win in third place.
In singles, Alabama picked up wins in their first three games when Camila Soares earned a third-place win to keep the Tigers alive. She defeated Ola Pitak 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 to pull Memphis back to 3-2 in the match.
The Crimson Tide secured victory in second place before Meyer in fourth place brought home the final score 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3.
“I’m proud of today’s performance, it was a great team effort,” said the head coach Hayden Perez said. “We were outplayed in a few positions but we fought hard from one to six.
“We came up short, but it was a great game. We have to give credit to Alabama for playing well.”
The Tigers (0-2) are back for two games next week. They begin Tuesday in Oxford, Mississippi, against Ole Miss at 5 p.m. before heading to the West Coast for the ITA Kick-Off weekend, where they face Columbia on Saturday and Clemson or Pepperdine on Sunday.
#40 Alabama 4, #52 Memphis 3
competition in singles
1. Loudmilla Bencheikh (UA) defeated. Aran Teixido Garcia (MEM) 6-1, 6-4
2 #75 Petra Sedlackova (UA) defined. Monique Woog (MEM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Camila Soares (MEM) def. Ola Pitak (UA) 7: 6 (7: 3), 6: 1
4. Emil Meyer (MEM) def. Anna Parkhomenko (UA) 6: 4, 6: 7 (7: 9), 6: 3
5. Klara Milicevic (UA) def. Micah Pierce (MEM) 6-3, 6-1
6. Anne Marie Hiser (UA) defined. Dolovee Tumthong (MEM) 6-2, 6-1
competition in doubles
1. Aran Teixido Garcia/Emil Meyer (MEM) def. Petra Sedlackova/Anna Parkhomenko (UA) 6:2
2. Loudmilla Bencheikh/Ola Pitak (UA) vs. Camila Soares/Monique Woog (MEM) 5-4, unfinished
3. Carlota Farres Carre/Miriam Grossman (MEM) defeated. Anne Marie Hiser/Klara Milicevic (UA) 6-4
Game Notes: Memphis 0-2, Alabama 2-0
Order of Completion: double room (1,3); Single (6,5,1,3,2,4)
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