BY AUSTIN PYLANT
TUSCALOOSA, AL- Dominating performance by the Alabama women’s tennis against UAB and UT Chattanooga. Starting the Saturday playing UAB, the team won 6-1 and finished with a 5-2 victory over Chattanooga. Keeping the winning streak when playing these teams, they go up13-2 all-time when playing UAB. While also staying 7-0 against Chattanooga all-time in the series. As they start the season strong with a 4-0 start, Alabama continues to impress.
One of the standouts for the team being a sophomore from Angresse, France. LoudmillaBencheikh won both of her single matchups in only two sets against the Blazers and Mocs. While Anne Marie Hiser and Benecheikh proved to be a great duo in the two games. The 6-3 win against Chattanooga in double competition helped with the clean sweep in duos throughout the day. As the No.19 rank duo looks to try moving up the ranks in the ITA rankings.
Freshman, Petra Sedlackova gave a showcasing performance to help lead the team in the big win. Defeating UAB player, Sydney Clarke, in two sets of singles play. The 6-0 to 6-3 set victories showed that Sedlackova was locked into the game. As the Chattanooga singles victory having the same score for both sets. This impressive play gives Bama fans a player to watch in the future. Sedlackova sealed the deal with the match point against both of her matches. Sedlackova, Bencheikh and Ola Pitak were the only three Bama players to win two of their single matches.
Ola Pitak showed her singles play is a force to be reckon with for the Tide. Defeating Adela Wasserbauerova (UAB) and Jessie Young (UTC) in an impressive showing. She won both singles matchups in only two sets. But, not before winning in both doubles play with her sister Kasia Pitak. The Pitaks look to take their winning ways on the road for their next game.
The double-header lets the Crimson Tide stay undefeated in the early stages of the season. The next game being away will give the team a taste of not having the home court advantage for the first time of the season. Playing in New Orleans, La against an undefeated team in Tulane on Feb 5 at 1 p.m. CT.