Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama Volleyball releases 2017 schedule

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) After winning 20 matches in three out of its last four seasons, the Alabama volleyball team will look to extend the best stretch in its history into 2017. The team’s schedule, announced on Wednesday, features the Crimson Tide hosting 15 matches in the Foster Auditorium. The Crimson Tide will open its season in the Mortar Board Premier Tournament, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. There they will face Cleveland State and Oral Roberts on Friday and then the host Purdue on Aug. 26. Alabama will open its home schedule on Sept. 8-9, with a pair of Friday matches against Tennessee State and Hofstra and a Saturday match against Furman, in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash. The Crimson-White Tournament will happen on Sept. 15-16, with Alabama playing Southern and Murray State on Friday and Troy on Saturday. Alabama will face five in-state opponents in 2017, with Troy (Sept. 16) being the lone home match. Alabama will travel to South Alabama (Sept. 1), Samford (Sept. 12), Alabama State (Oct. 12) and Auburn (Nov. 1) for its four in-state road games. Alabama and Auburn are only scheduled to face off once against each other in the regular season. The Crimson Tide will host Georgia to start its SEC play. The Crimson Tide went 9-9 in SEC play last season. Alabama will have a streak of four consecutive...

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Jonathan Hardee finishes top-20 in NCAA Men's National Championship

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) Winds gusting at 30 miles per hour made playing conditions rough at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf National, with only 22 golfers finishing the event at even par or better. Jonathan Hardee, a junior at Alabama, was among that group, finishing tied for 19th, with a four day total of 288 (69-75-67-77), to finish even at par. Only four of the 84 golfers that advanced shot below par for the championship round. Hardee, shot a 5-over par at 77, collecting three birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey for the day. “It was a tough day out there today,” Hardee said. “The beginning of the round was honestly just brutal. The first six or seven holes were really tough. Overall, it was a good tournament for me, but a little disappointing way to finish. I felt I played better than what my score was. I just needed another bounce here or there and a couple of close putts to drop and maybe it would have been a little different.” Even with the rough conditions, Hardee’s 288 score on the 72-hole course ranks as the sixth best in program history. The even part total is the fourth-best in school history for a 72-hole event. “The opportunity to play today was awesome,” Hardee said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more than having the chance to play as...

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Alabama women's tennis loses in Doubles Championship Match

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) The Alabama women’s tennis team finished its 2017 tennis campaign with a loss in the NCAA Doubles National Championship on Monday. The team of Erin Routliffe and Maddie Pothoff faced Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase from Ohio State. Alabama started off with a 3-1 lead in the first set. The Ohio State duo took four of the next six games to tie it at 5-5. With the score tied at 6-6 the two teams traded points, until Alabama won the tie breaker to win the set 7-6. The Ohio State duo took the first two games of the second set. However, the Alabama pair tied the game at 2-2 after winning the next two sets. After the two teams traded sets again, Ohio State took the next two games to lead 5-3. From there the Buckeyes took the second set 6-4. The Buckeyes took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker set, on the way to winning the set 10-7 and a National Championship. The duo of Routliffe and Pothoff came into the match as the No. 5 ranked doubles team in the country. Routliffe finishes her Alabama career as a two-time doubles champion. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Alabama loses in three games to No. 1 Florida in Super Regional

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama lost to Florida in two of the three games of the Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday, May 27. The Crimson Tide won the first game against the Gators, by the score of 3-0. Alexis Osorio pitched a three hit shutout, struck out eight and walked three in the winning game. Alabama scored all three runs in the fifth inning, all of which were unearned. Bailey Hemphill started the inning with a walk. Mari Cranek replaced her as a pinch runner. Reagan Dykes bunted her to second, and made it to first on the fielder’s choice. Chandler Dare bunted to the Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill, who threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, scoring both Cranek and Dykes. Sydney Booker followed Dare. She also bunted to Barnhill, who committed another error, scoring Dare. The following day Florida tied the series with a 2-0 win. Delanie Gourley finished with the win for the Gators, while Sydney Littlejohn took the loss. Both pitchers went the distance, going all seven innings. The two combined for 12 strikeouts, four of which belonged to Littlejohn. The only damage came in the third inning when Amanda Lorenz homered to right center field, scoring herself and centerfielder Justine McLean. In the final of the three game series Florida took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. With runners on first and...

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Greg Goff relieved of duty

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama head coach Greg Goff was relieved of duty on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Ben Jones and Aaron Suttles. Goff informed 10 players that their scholarships would be reduced or revoked, which is a NCAA violation. NCAA bylaw 15.3.4.3.1 states that “An institution may not set forth an athletically related condition (e.g., financial aid contingent upon specified performance or playing a specific position) that would permit the institution to reduce or cancel the student-athlete’s financial aid during the period of the award if the conditions are not satisfied.” Athletic Director Greg Byrne said that the scholarships will not be reduced or revoked. In his only season as head coach, Goff managed just a 19-34-1 record, and a 5-24-1 record in SEC play. The Crimson Tide was one of two teams not to make the SEC tournament. Goff signed a five-year deal back in June of 2016. He was set to make $450,000 annually. For Alabama this means it will hire its third coach in as many years. Previous coach Mitch Gaspard left the school at the end of May 2016. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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