Auburn University is ready to face Alabama

The Tigers is about to face the Crimson Tide

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Auburn University is ready to face Alabama
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The Auburn University women's tennis team will face Alabama in Tuscaloosa today, Friday. The Crimson Tide is Auburn's first of three road games to conclude the regular season.

With the match tied at three and just one match remaining, fifth-year senior Carolyn Ansari defeated No. 24 Dasha Vidmanova in a dramatic three-set match on the first court to give Auburn the win in the final home match of the regular season.

Ansari's singles victories over the weekend pushed her overall record to 17-9 and her doubles match record to 11-5, with all of her doubles matches played atop the Auburn lineup. In the latest singles charts released Tuesday, the Auburn fifth-year student reached a career-high ranking of No. 7.

The Crimson Tide will enter Friday's game with a 14-6 overall record and a 5-5 mark in SEC play, which is eighth-best in the conference. Alabama is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, with losses to Ole Miss at Oxford, Georgia at home and Tennessee at home.

Loudmilla Bencheikh, who is ranked 49th in singles by the ITA, regularly plays No. 1 singles for the Crimson Tide and holds a 7-9 record in dual matches, but she has struggled lately with five consecutive singles losses and a 1-6 against the SEC. opponents.

Bencheikh and Anne Marie Hiser make up Alabama's top doubles team and hold a 10-3 doubles match record this season. The Crimson Tide duo is ranked No. 13 in the nation by the ITA.

Auburn interim coach Lester Cook said: "We have to stay focused and not think too much about our position in the tournament. We want to take it one point at a time, but obviously it's in the back of our minds that this game is important to try to get a couple of byes. Alabama has played a lot of tough games and had some great results. They're right behind us in the conference standings and every game counts right now."

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