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    The seventh-ranked Alabama women’s tennis team split its matches last weekend, sweeping Missouri 4-0, before being edged out by No. 4 Texas A&M on Sunday, 4-3. The Crimson Tide now enters the final week of the regular season with a 17-3 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the league.  Alabama had the pedal to the metal the entire match against the Tigers, cruising to an early 1-0 lead in doubles, which was followed by a trio of wins in straight sets in singles. Alexa Guarachi would clinch the win, marking her 102nd career singles victory to make her the winningest singles player in Tide history. On Sunday, the Tide battled for the doubles point but came up short, winning two of the four singles matches. Natalia Maynetto continued her dominance on court six, moving to 9-0 in SEC action. Next up, Alabama will close out the regular season against Tennessee and No. 3 Georgia. Friday’s match against the Volunteers is slated for 3 p.m. CT, while Sunday’s match versus the Bulldogs will begin at 1 p.m. CT.
    Arkansas Women's Tennis: The No. 50 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team went 1-2 on the road over the weekend. The team dropped a pair of conference matches, falling in a tight match to No. 28 Tennessee 4-2 and 7-0 at No. 3 Georgia. The Razorbacks also won a neutral site match against Kennesaw State 7-0 on Sunday morning. Arkansas' record now stands at 11-14, 3-9 SEC. The Razorbacks conclude their regular season SEC slate next Saturday at 1 p.m. against LSU. The match will be Senior Day, where Arkansas will honor lone senior Claudine Paulson, who leads the team with 18 singles victories on the year, including a 9-3 SEC singles record.
    The No. 23 Auburn women’s tennis team split a pair of SEC road matches over the weekend losing, 4-0 to fourth-ranked Texas A&M and clinching their sixth SEC win of the season with a 4-1 victory over No. 49 Missouri. The Tigers stand at 16-6, are 6-5 in the SEC and have a 4-5 record on the road. Auburn’s six SEC wins is the most since 2002 and ties for second all-time in program history. Auburn won eight SEC matches in 1993. 16 victories overall is the most since winning 17 in 2008. Auburn has won 16 or more matches only seven times in the last 30 years.  Against Texas A&M, the ITA No. 26 doubles pair of freshman Pleun Burgmans and senior Plamena Kurteva defeated the seventh-ranked tandem of Stefania Hristov and Christina Stanou, 8-5. The victory improved the Auburn duo to 11-2 on the season and 3-1 against ranked pairs. Against Missouri, Burgmans defeated No. 105 Cierra Gaytan-Leach, 6-1, 6-3 at the top spot. This puts Burgmans at 13-3 for the season, 8-2 in conference play with a 6-4 record against nationally ranked opponents. At the No. 2 position, sophomore Emily Flickinger won 6-3, 6-3 against Missouri’s Rachel Stuhlmann. Flickinger is 12-4 in dual matches, 5-3  in conference play and 1-0 against nationally ranked opponents. Also winning for the Tigers was junior Jackie Kasler defeating Alex Clark, 6-1, 6-4 on court five. Auburn is in action next on Friday when it opens the final weekend of regular season play with Georgia at 4 p.m. CT at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.  
    Florida (17-2, 10-1 SEC) plays its final two regular-season matches on the road next weekend, when the Gators travel to Lexington on Friday, April 12 and face Kentucky, before heading to Nashville to take on No. 17 Vanderbilt on Sunday, April 14. With two wins this weekend the Gators can clinch no worse than a shared of the 27th of a possible 34 SEC regular-season titles. It would also be the fourth consecutive crown. The Gators closed their regular-season home slate last weekend with sweeps over Ole Miss (7-0) and Mississippi State (4-0). The second win was Florida’s 10th consecutive overall victory, as well as its 119th straight win at home and its 124th regular-season win at home which includes a 12-0 home record this year. Included among the astonishing home win streak is the 53-0 dual match home record compiled with the help of Lauren Embree and Caroline Hitimana, who have respectively won 33 and 32 dual match singles matches.
    No. 3 Georgia (17-2,10-1 SEC) went 2-0 at home this week, defeating 59th-ranked LSU 7-0 and No. 50 Arkansas 7-0.  In singles, eighth-ranked Lauren Herring improved to 32-5, 18th-ranked Maho Kowase to a team leading 33-7, and No. 86 Silvia Garcia moved to19-3. The No. 4 duo of Fuller/Garcia is 18-1 on the year, including 9-1 in SEC play.  No. 59 Herring/Kowase is 7-2 on the season.  Coach Jeff Wallace achieved his 600th career win versus Arkansas, which has been accomplished by three women’s tennis coaches all time. Georgia hits the road versus Auburn and Alabama next weekend.
    The Kentucky women’s tennis team dropped its lone match of the weekend, falling 5-1 to No. 17 Vanderbilt on Friday. Freshman Nadia Ravita led the Wildcats with a singles win on court one. The 24th-ranked singles player knocked off No. 61 Lauren Mira in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 to earn her eighth win over a ranked opponent this year. Kentucky wraps up the regular season at home this weekend, hosting No. 2 Florida on Friday at 4 p.m. ET and No. 29 South Carolina on Sunday at noon.
    The LSU women’s tennis team faced third-ranked Georgia and No. 28 Tennessee this weekend. No. 114 Kaitlin Burns took on both the eighth-ranked player in the nation, the Bulldogs’ Lauren Herring, and the Vols’ 28th-ranked Brynn Boren in the top spot. Freshman Ella Taylor and sophomore Mary Jeremiah battled through two tight sets against Tennessee. Taylor came within one game of claiming the second set and taking the match into the third set of competition, and Jeremiah was one game away from putting the Lady Tigers on the board when the Vols earned the fourth point, ending the match. LSU’s weekend on the road resulted in a 7-0 loss to the Bulldogs and a 4-0 loss to Tennessee.
    Ole Miss
    Ole Miss dropped both its matches last weekend, falling to No. 2 Florida 7-0 and to No. 29 South Carolina 4-0.  The Rebels are 10-11 overall and 4-7 in the SEC.  They are at Tennessee State and Lipscomb Tuesday before returning home to host SEC newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M in their final regular season home matches.
    Mississippi State
    The Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State (7-12, 1-10) went head to head in two consecutive road matches against highly ranked conference opponents in the team's previous weekend of competition. MSU first faced the No. 29 ranked Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina, falling in a closely contested 4-3 decision. Lady Bulldogs Naomi Tran, Roseline Dion, and Lien Van Geel posted MSU's three victories on courts 3, 5, and 6 respectively. Following its match against USC, Lady Bulldog tennis traveled to Gainesville to take on the No. 2 ranked Lady Gators of Florida. Florida posted a 4-0 victory over MSU, but Georgiana Patrasc and Alexandra Perper of the Lady Bulldogs had both split sets against impressive opponents when play was suspended. Patrasc faced the nation's No. 1 ranked singles player, Lauren Embree, on court 1, and Perper competed against No. 12 ranked Sofie Oyen on court 2. Lady Bulldog tennis will kickoff its final weekend of SEC competition with a pair of home matches, beginning with a 3 p.m. Friday match against No. 4 Texas A&M followed by a 1 p.m. Sunday match against Missouri.
    The Mizzou tennis team closed the home portion of its schedule with a pair of losses last weekend. The Tigers fell to No. 7 Alabama, 4-0, on April 5 and were defeated by No. 23 Auburn, 4-1, on April 7. Missouri closes out the regular season with matches at Ole Miss and Mississippi State this weekend.
    South Carolina
    The No. 29 South Carolina women's tennis team extended its SEC unbeaten streak to four matches over the weekend by defeating Mississippi State 4-3 and No. 37 Ole Miss 4-0. The Gamecocks now sit 13-8 on the season as a whole and are back above .500 in the SEC for the first time this season at 6-5. Mississippi State pushed the Gamecocks to the brink, but Elixane Lechemia came through with a three set victory against Alexandra Perper at No. 2 singles, winning 7-5 in the third in the last match remaining on court. South Carolina came from behind versus Ole Miss in doubles despite trailing 7-3 on court two and 5-2 on court three after winning the No. 1 doubles contest. Lechemia and Ximena Siles Luna won six of seven game at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point with an 8-6 triumph. Lechemia then earned her first career win over a ranked player in No. 82 Mai El Kamash to put Carolina head 2-0. Jaklin Alawi provided the fourth point with an upset of No. 45 Caroline Rohde-Moe at No. 1 singles in straight sets. The Gamecocks have proven to be tough outs in doubles all year long, winning the point 16 times in 20 tries. Alawi and Dominika Kanakova lead the way at the top spot with a 22-8 record, making the them the winningest Carolina duo in a  singles season since the 2001-02 campaign. Josefin Andersson and Katerina Popova are equally as tough at the second spot with an overall mark of 17-8. Both duos stand 13-3 in dual matches. Lechemia and Siles Luna continue to come on strong this year as well with a 6-3 record that includes a 5-2 mark in conference play. The Gamecocks wrap up the regular season on the road this weekend at No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 47 Kentucky.
    The Lady Vols wrapped up their home season with a weekend sweep of No. 50 Arkansas and No. 59 LSU defeating the Razorbacks 4-2 on Friday night under the lights followed by a 4-0 sweep of the Tigers Sunday. In Sunday’s Senior Day match, fittingly Kata Szekely captured the match winning point for the Lady Vols to help them to a 10-8 overall record and 7-4 in SEC play. The Lady Vols finished their home season with an 8-1 record. UT will round out its regular season with a three game road swing beginning on Thursday, April 11 at Tennessee State before heading to Tuscaloosa for a meeting with the Crimson Tide Friday night and finishing up in Auburn on Sunday April 14 with the season finale against the Tigers.
    Texas A&M
    No. 4 Texas A&M (18-2, 10-1 SEC) defeated both No. 23 Auburn and No. 7 Alabama to take over sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division with only two matches remaining. The Aggies remain tied for the SEC overall lead with Florida and Georgia. Ines Deheza won the last match standing to clinch the Aggies’ victory against Alabama.  It was the 10th consecutive win for the freshman, who improved to 8-0 in SEC matches. Senior Nazari Urbina also remained perfect in SEC play as she improved to 9-0. A&M is 9-2 against Top 25 opponents this season. The Aggies, 8-0 in away matches, close out the regular season at Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
    No. 17 Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky in the only match over the weekend for the Commodores, 5-2. To begin the match, Vanderbilt (13-9, 6-5) used a couple different doubles combinations en route to winning the doubles point. In the No. 2 position, Frances Altick and Ashleigh Antal defeated Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and CeCe Witten, 8-5. In No. 3 doubles, Marie Casares and Georgina Sellyn needed little time to defeat Khristina Blajkevitch and Jessica Stiles, 8-2. Vanderbilt clinched the match by winning singles matches at position Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6. Courtney Colton delivered the match-clinching win in the No. 2 position. Playing in the No. 4 spot, Sellyn recorded her fifth-consecutive win after breezing through her match with Kirsten Lewis, 6-0, 6-0. Sellyn is 21-6 overall this season and 10-1 in SEC play. Vanderbilt completes the SEC regular season with home matches versus South Carolina next Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. and Florida on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m.