Alabama Women's Tennis Enjoying Special Season
Connell, Kevin, The Tuscaloosa News
There is no definite answer on when the University of Alabama women's tennis team realized it could be special this season.
Some on the team may argue that the moment came when it beat Florida for the first time in program history, while others might say it came after any one of the team's losses or as far back as preseason training in the fall.
Regardless of when, the result was the same.
Alabama is expected to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships for the third straight year from May 9-11 at the Alabama Tennis Stadium, following today's NCAA selections announcement.
The Crimson Tide is in the midst of its best season in program history after winning its first Southeastern Conference championship with a 22-4 record (12-1 SEC), reaching its first SEC Tournament final and ranking as high as it has ever been at its current rank of No. 3 in the nation.
"It's been incredible," said Alabama coach Jenny Mainz, when asked about the type of season the team is having. "It's a testament to all of the team's hard work, their dedication to getting better. They play together as a team. I think that's been one of our weapons all season."
This season will mark the 11th NCAA appearance and second straight 20-win season under Mainz, who is the second-longest tenured head coach at UA with 17 years of experience.
Last season, Alabama advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in the history of the 64-team draw after wins over Northwestern State and Memphis after earning one of 16 host sites as the No. …