Alabama blanks Ark., sweeps four consecutive SEC foes for first time
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Fourth-ranked Alabama posted another 4-0 victory, this time against Arkansas on Sunday at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 12-2 overall and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference, while the loss drops the Razorbacks to 5-8 on the season and 0-4 versus league foes.
The win was also the Tide's fourth consecutive shutout, marking the first time in program history that UA has won four consecutive sweeps in SEC play.
Alabama won its 12th double point of the season in Sunday's victory, getting wins on court Nos. 1 and 2. The Tide's top duo of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe, ranked 18th in the nation, were first to finish, beating out Kimberly-Ann Surin and Brittany Huxley 8-3. Mary Anne Daines and Danielle Spielmann then secured the first point for Alabama, winning 8-5 over Sarah McLean and Shannon Hudson.
In singles, Routliffe's 6-2, 6-1 victory on court three over Surin gave the Tide a 2-0 lead overall. She was followed by Emily Zabor on court No. 5, who won 6-3, 6-2, and Natalia Maynetto, who clinched with a 7-5, 6-1 victory on court No. 6. Alabama also led in all three remaining matches that were suspended following Maynetto's win.