Alabama men's team defeated 5-2 by Tennessee

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Alabama men's team defeated 5-2 by Tennessee

Alabama University men's tennis was defeated 5-2 by Tennessee, Thursday afternoon at Alabama Tennis Stadium. Alabama will return to action next Saturday, March 18, for a top 10 showdown with No. 6 Kentucky at Alabama Tennis Stadium.

After losing their first doubles game on court one, Alabama pair Joao Ferreira and Matias Ponce De Leon fought back with a 6-3 victory on court three to force a doubles points matchup on court two. In singles play, Zach Foster would claim Alabama's first win of the day thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 performance on field six to bring the Tide within one.

The Volunteers would record wins on courts four, one and five, respectively, before the Tide's No. 63 Enzo Aguiard forced the only three-set battle of the afternoon. Head Coach George Husack Said: "Today we created a lot of chances, but the chips didn't all fall this time.

Yair Sarouk was a late scratch after the double and Zach Foster responded very well, especially after I didn't expect to play singles. Matias Ponce De Leon continues to find his rhythm and we are working on other points. We continue to develop and improve.

It is clear that we are making progress, so the work will continue and our ability to respond will strengthen."

About the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is a public research university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Founded in 1820 and opened to students in 1831, the University of Alabama is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama as well as the University of Alabama system. It is classified under R1: Doctoral University - Very High Research Activity.

The University of Alabama is an autonomous institution within the University of Alabama System, which is governed by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and headed by the Chancellor of the University of Alabama. The state legislature created the board to govern the university's operations.

Its responsibilities include setting policy for the university, determining the mission and scope of the university, and assuming the university's accountability to the public and the legislature.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, UA received $76 million in research contracts and grants.

The United States Department of Homeland Security has selected the University of Alabama as the National Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education and Research. The University of Alabama's intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Crimson Tide nickname originates from a 1907 football game against Auburn University in Birmingham where, after a closely fought game in torrential rain in which Auburn was heavily favored to win, Alabama forced a tie.

Writing on the game, one sportswriter described the offensive line as a Crimson Tide, a reference to their jerseys, stained red by the wet dirt. Photo Credits: Alabama University website