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Women’s team wins SEC opener
(Via UA) TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s lone senior Shelley Godwin stepped up in a big way for the Alabama women’s tennis team (9-0, 1-0 SEC), coming back from a set and 5-2 down to clinch a win for the Crimson Tide in the team’s opening conference match against the Arkansas Razorbacks (5-3, 0-1 SEC) 4-3. It was Alabama’s first win over Arkansas since 2005 and second straight dual win this season in which it dropped the doubles point.

“We talk about every match being the way mine ended up,” Godwin said. “This was a huge win, especially since we lost the doubles point. For us to take four singles wins was amazing. Arkansas is a good team and fought super hard, but today we fought harder.”

RESULTS
Doubles

1. No. 18 Airapetian/Tigu (ARK) def. No. 64 Welcher/McLane (UA) 9-7
2. Miseviciute/Kaluder (ARK) def. No. 79 Bigos/Lindsey (UA) 8-6
3. Carbone/Lukomskaya (ARK) def. Emery/Godwin (UA) 9-8 (3)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles
1. No. 10 Aurelija Miseviciute (ARK) def. No. 82 Tiffany Welcher (UA) 7-6 (), 6-2
2. Courtney McLane (UA) def. Anouk Tigu (ARK) 6-2, 6-1
3. Ela Kaluder (ARK) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-0, 6-2
4. Meritt Emery (UA) def. Nanar Airapetian (ARK) 6-3, 6-2
5. Shelley Godwin (UA) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. Taylor Lindsey (UA) def. Kate Lukomskaya (ARK) 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1, 6, 5*

Next up, the Tide hosts the No. 18 LSU Tigers on Sunday, March 8. The match begins at 1:00 p.m. (CST). Admission to the match is free and live stats will be available on Rolltide.com.

Men win SEC opener
(Via UA) FAYETTEVILLE — The 20th-ranked Alabama men’s tennis team opened up SEC play with a 6-1 win at No. 56 Arkansas on Friday at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 10-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Razorbacks fall to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in league matches.

“This was one of those matches that could have gone either way,” said head coach Billy Pate. “We were up 3-1 but with three matches in the third set, so it was tight. We had some experienced guys in those positions to finish the job. I give a lot of credit to Arkansas. They are a very good team and gave us all we could handle. It’s important we get ready for the trip to Baton Rouge and another difficult road test against LSU on Sunday.”

RESULTS
Doubles

1. Michael Thompson/Dan Buikema (UA) def. No. 60 Matthew Hogan/Blake Strode (AR) 8-4
2. Dmitry Lebedev/Christopher Nott (AR) def. No. 27 Saketh Myneni/Billy Mertz (UA) 8-7
3. Andrew Felsenthal/Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. Tyler Tarnasky/Bradwin Williams (AR) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,1,2

Singles
1. No. 66 Saketh Myneni (UA) def. No. 15 Blake Strode (AR) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
2. No. 114 Mathieu Thibaudeau (UA) def. No. 120 Matthew Hogan (AR) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
3. Christopher Nott (AR) def. Billy Mertz (UA) 6-3, 6-2
4. Dan Buikema (UA) def. Dmitry Lebedev (AR) 6-3, 6-1
5. Michael Jung (UA) def. Tyler Tarnasky (AR) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. Nikolas Zogaj (AR) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4,6,3,5*,1,2

Alabama returns to the court Sunday, March 8 when it travels to No. 30 LSU. The match begins at 1:00 p.m. (CST).

Davis Cup in Birmingham
AFP: Andy Roddick has pulled the United States level with Switzerland in their Davis Cup World Group tie after Stanislaus Wawrinka shrugged off the absence of Roger Federer to put the visitors ahead. Roddick defeated Marco Chiudinelli 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to knot the score in the best-of-five match tie at 1-1 at the end of the first day. (read the entire AFP report embedded below)