Second Round: Boise State (L, 3-4)
First Round: Furman (W, 4-0)
SCHOOL/RECORD: Alabama (21-8) - #14
HEAD COACH/RECORD: Billy Pate (114-78)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 14
BEST NCAA FINISH: Round of 16, most recently in 2007 when Alabama lost to Baylor…the Tide is looking to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
2009 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Won 11 of its first 12 matches this season…Advanced to the Blue Gray National Collegiate Tennis Classic Finals…Collected 15 wins over ranked opponents this season…Five of the teams six losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10.
PLAYER/COACH HIGHLIGHTS: Two players ranked nationally in singles, with junior Saketh Myneni at No. 22 and senior Mathieu Thibaudeau at No. 87…also have two doubles pairs nationally ranked, as seniors Dan Buikema and Thibaudeau are No. 26, while freshman Ricky Doverspike and Thibaudeau are No. 49…coached by Billy Pate, who was awarded the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002 while at Notre Dame…former Georgia All-American Bo Hodge joined Pate’s coaching staff in July 2008 as his assistant.