By (Matthew Speakman)

The Alabama women’s tennis team was unable to take down No. 14 Texas
A&M on March 5. In its first home outdoor match of the season, the Crimson
Tide dropped a 4-1 decision to fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the SEC. It was
Alabama’s second straight match against a ranked opponent.

Alabama fell behind quickly in doubles play, with the Aggies
jumping out to 4-0 leads in two of the matches. Domenica Gonzalez and Ines
Deheza took down senior Natalia Maynetto and junior Joanna Nena Savva, 6-0, to
help Texas A&M dominate doubles play. No. 20 Andie Daniell and Erin
Routiffe would lose a 3-2 lead over Rachel Pierson and Eva Paalma, then falling 6-3.

Alabama did not have much success in the singles
competitions, with the Aggies winning the first four sets of the day. Deheza
quickly defeated sophomore Aryn Greene 6-0, 6-1 and Rutuja Bhosale took down
Savva 6-0, 6-4.

Alabama would finally pick up a win with Roultiffe defeating
Rachel Peirson in a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The Aggies then clinched the match, however, with No. 53 Saska Gavrilovska beating No. 38 Daniell by a score of 6-4, 6-4.

Alabama will continue to face off against ranked opponents,
travelling to face No. 7 Georgia on March 11.

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Source:: The Crimson White Sports