Author: CW Sports Staff

Women's tennis turning to senior leadership during tough stretch

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Mike Schwartz) After dropping their latest match to the TCU Horned Frogs, 6-1, the women’s tennis team signaled its third loss in its last four contests. In trying times like these for the Crimson Tide, leaders are called upon for help and guidance. When looking for leaders on the team, look no further than seniors Erin Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann. “It makes the tough times much easier for the team, knowing you have someone to lean on almost alleviates the pressure,” said junior Smith Hinton. In what can be a long and grueling season, developing a culture within the team is essential, especially when things look their bleakest. There is no disputing that this team is a close-knit group that is not only driven by their personal success but the success of others. The internal competition is a component to the growth of the team as a whole, but according to Hinton, what motivates the team to dig deep and fight is the team motto that consists of five simple words. “Family, grit, consistently, passion, and courage. It is what drives the team when we feel that extra push,” said Hinton. Not only is that motto ingrained in the team’s mindset and culture, the athletes have gone the extra mile and printed their rallying cry on t-shirts. They can be seen sporting the t’s on a daily...

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Alabama is unable to close out second half run against Georgia

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Tyler Waldrep) Ar’Mond Davis had the basketball in his hands with no one in between him and the goal, but it would still be close. His feet left the ground just in time for him to slam home a buzzer-beating dunk that ended the first half on a good note for the Crimson Tide. “He’s a spark off the bench for us,” freshman Braxton Key said “He comes in you know he’s going to come in and score. He’s been scoring since he first got here.” The rest of the Crimson Tide only managed to knock down three of 23 shots during the first half and couldn’t even execute the first play correctly- although Key winded up knocking down a shot from his knees to save face. That slow start ended up costing the Crimson Tide the victory as Georgia held on to win 60-55 on Thursday night. Alabama (16-11, 9-6 Southeastern conference) never led the Bulldogs (16-12, 7-8 SEC), but the team did draw within one point with 9:06 left in the game thanks in large part to a 14-4, 4-minute run earlier in the half that was bookended by baskets from Davis. “Ar’Mond gave us a big lift, he was basically our only offense until Braxton [Key] came alive,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. “And we had to use him pretty much the whole second...

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Rowing opens spring season

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) After a strong finish to the fall season, the University of Alabama women’s rowing team will begin its spring season on Saturday with a meet against Eastern Michigan. The meet will be the first for the team since Nov 5. but the long layoff does not concern the team, as both coach Larry Davis and senior Jennifer Parker believe that the team is well prepared for the race. “This year we came back way more in shape than in year’s past,” Parker said. “We were given a set of workouts to do during winter break and everyone was more committed to stay in shape over the break.” Over the past month, the team has been hard at work, practicing every morning at 6 a.m. The month of preparation has Parker overjoyed to return to the river to race in an actual meet. “I’m looking forward to finally racing,” Parker said. “It’s been a long month of work without much excitement, or fun parts. Finally having the chance to go out on the river and racing to put it all together is exciting.” Rowing with her teammates is the favorite part of rowing for Parker and is something she cherishes in her final semester at the University. She chose to follow her elder sister’s footsteps in rowing at the University. Parker relishes the fact there is...

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Strong seventh inning gives Alabama victory over Southern Miss

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Leading up to the sixth inning, Cobie Vance had a pretty solid game. He was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a couple of good defensive plays. The number three batter in the Alabama lineup strolled confidently up to the batter’s box with the go ahead run 180 feet away. Vance got ahead in the count 3-1 and proceed to look for the fastball. He got what he was looking for and slapped it the other way off the wall for the go ahead double, to score Chandler Avant. “We can score almost anytime if we dig in,” Vance said. “One of our big things is picking each other up. It’s a pact mentality.” He would finish 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Vance’s approach at the plate is what Alabama head coach Greg Goff has been preaching since he arrived: timely hitting. “Cobie is a guy who isn’t afraid,” Goff said. “Tonight the game rewarded him with some big opportunities. He’s got a lot of courage in himself.” The offense for both teams was in full effect tonight as the teams combined for 17 runs (12 for Alabama) and 23 hits (14 for Alabama). Most of Alabama’s damage came in the second and the seventh innings where it scored five times in both innings. The second inning was where the bats started...

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Alabama tops North Florida in defensive battle

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Boynton) For the second time in as many chances, Alabama was out hit in a home game. Just like last week against South Alabama, the team still found a way to win. Sophomore designated player Caroline Hardy hit her first career home run in her first at-bat, and the Crimson Tide rode strong pitching performances from senior Sydney Littlejohn and junior Alexis Osorio to defeat the North Florida Ospreys, 2-0. “We didn’t come out and blow North Florida away, but we scratched and clawed and we did what we needed to do to get the win,” Hardy said. “I think that’s what’s important is the win.” Alabama’s recent offensive struggles continued as it mustered just three hits to the Ospreys’ four. The Crimson Tide did draw seven walks to help out its woes at the plate, but also stranded seven runners on base. At one point in the fifth inning, the Crimson Tide had the bases loaded with just one out but was unable to produce a run in the situation. “We’ve got to do a better job with a runner at third and less than two outs; we’ve got to get the ball in the air,” head coach Patrick Murphy said. “It’s a sac fly. We only have one on the year, and that’s a stat that we’ve got to get better at.” Ultimately, Alabama...

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