The match started strong for the Lady Vols (13-2, 6-0 SEC), earning comeback wins on Courts 1 and 2 in doubles. Rebeka Mertena and Esther Adeshina were the first to get on the board for UT, defeating #58 Loudmilla Bencheikh/Anne Marie Hiser, 6-4. The pair fell behind early, 3-1, but battled back to take five of the next six games and claim the match.
A court over, Daria Kuczer and Eleonora Molinaro secured the clinch, beating Anna Parkhomenko/Petra Sedlackova, 6-4. Alabama got a break late, going ahead 4-3, but the Lady Vols did not flinch, taking the next three games, including a pair of breaks capped off by a match-winner at deuce and putting Tennessee in the score column first.
“I am really proud of our team’s performance throughout the weekend,” head coach Alison Ojeda said. “Alabama is a good team and forced us to really step up and compete with decisiveness. Today’s match will prove to be a helpful one as we approach this week of practice.”
Tennessee got fantastic singles performances from Elza Tomase and Lauren Anzalotta, winning in straight-sets on Courts 1 and 6. Tomase nabbed yet another ranked victory, dropping #96 Loudmilla Bencheikh 6-2, 6-2. She has now taken down five ranked opponents during her current six-match win streak.
Anzalotta kept the energy up on the far court, defeating Klara Milicevic 6-4, 6-2. The junior dominated in the second stanza, breaking the Bama No. 6 four times in total, including during her first three service games.
Catherine Aulia finished off the match, earning a clinch in a three-set battle with Hiser, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. She was just a few points ahead of Kuczer on Court 3, who was leading 5-3 in the second set and looking for a match win.
UP NEXT: Tennessee heads on the road for a three-match stretch beginning Friday at Georgia. The Lady Vols are slated to take on the Bulldogs at 5 p.m. ET in Athens.
Full results from Sunday’s match can be found below.
#12 Tennessee 4, #45 Alabama 0
1. #57 Elza Tomase (TENN) def. #96 Loudmilla Bencheikh (UA) 6-2, 6-2
2. #31 Rebeka Mertena (TENN) vs. Ola Pitak (UA) 2-6, 6-3, 1-2, unfinished
3. #37 Daria Kuczer (TENN) vs. Petra Sedlackova (UA) 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
4. Eleonora Molinaro (TENN) vs. Anna Parkhomenko (UA) 6-7 (6-8), 4-2, unfinished
5. Catherine Aulia (TENN) def. Anne Marie Hiser…
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