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2006-07 CRIMSON TIDE TENNIS

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         The Contents
 A L A B A M A                      W O M E N ’ S                     T E N N I S                2 0 0 6 - 0 7

ALABAMA TENNIS                                                   OPPONENTS                                                 Coach Jenny Mainz
                                                                                                                           pg. 22
Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2       Opponents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
Roster Breakdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
The University of Alabama . . . . . . . . . .4
Dr. Robert E. Witt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6            HISTORY
Mal Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7         2005 Season Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Athletic Support Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-9              Southeastern Conference . . . . . . . . . . .43
Crimson Tide Community . . . . . . . . .10                       Alabama’s NCAA History . . . . . . . . . .46
CASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12     Alabama’s All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . .50
                                                                                                                           Andrea Brenes
2006 Season Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20                ITA Rankings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51    pg. 26
                                                                 Roberta Alison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
THE TEAM                                                         Record Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Jenny Mainz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22          All-Time Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Eduardo Rincon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24             All-Time Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25    Basics of College Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Women’s Tennis Support Staff . . . . . .33


                                                                                                                           Mari Muller
                                                                                                                           pg. 25




                                                                                                                           Roberta Alison
                                                                                                                           pg. 52




                                                                                                                           Karen Gaiser and
Alabama Head Women’s Tennis Coach Jenny Mainz talks with Tom Roberts, Crimson Tide Network sideline reporter and host                Jane Phillips
of “Hey Coach”, before the start of the Alabama vs. Ole Miss football game. Mainz was on The Quad promoting women’s ten-   pg. 57
nis and giving fans and supporters a preview of the upcoming season.




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                                                                                                                        Alabama Women’s Tennis at a Glance
            2007                                                                                                        Head Coach: Jenny Mainz
                                                                                                                          Alma Mater, Year: Houston, 1991
                                                                                                                          Years at Alabama: 10th
                                                                                                                                                                         2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll: Ashley Bentley,
                                                                                                                                                                         Andrea Brenes, Melissa Day, Natalie McElveen, Melissa
                                                                                                                                                                         Minor, Mari Muller, Robin Stephenson



             Quick                                                                                                        Record at Alabama: 89-121 (9 seasons)
                                                                                                                          Career Record: 105-150 (12 seasons)
                                                                                                                          Office Phone: (205) 348-3840
                                                                                                                          E-mail Address: jmainz@ia.ua.edu
                                                                                                                        Assistant Coach: Eduardo Rincon
                                                                                                                                                                         2006 LINE-UP
                                                                                                                                                                         Singles
                                                                                                                                                                         1. Robin Stephenson (18-7 Dual/27-11 Overall)
                                                                                                                                                                         2. Ashley Bentley (16-4 Dual/26-11 Overall)



              facts
    Location: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Enrollment: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23,878
                                                                                                                        Managers: Lindsey Rickard
                                                                                                                        Trainer: Jenny Hogg
                                                                                                                        Region: South Region
                                                                                                                        Tennis Facilities: Hank Crisp Indoor Facility,
                                                                                                                        Alabama Tennis Complex (outdoor)
                                                                                                                        NCAA Championship Team Appearances: 8
                                                                                                                                                                         3. Mari Muller (12-11 Dual/21-17 Overall)
                                                                                                                                                                         4. Natalie McElveen (4-10 Dual/8-16 Overall)
                                                                                                                                                                         5. Shelley Godwin (7-13 Dual/14-15 Overall)
                                                                                                                                                                         6. Sofia Ayala (4-8 Dual/6-9 Overall)

                                                                                                                                                                         Doubles
                                                                                                                        2006 Dual Record: 11-12                          1. Bentley/Stephenson (17-4 Dual/27-8 Overall)
    Founded: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 12, 1831
    Conference: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Southeastern (West)                        2006 Final National Ranking: No. 39              2. Day/Muller (6-4 Dual/6-4 Overall)
    Colors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Crimson and White                    2005 SEC Record: 6-5                             3. Brenes/McElveen (3-5 Dual/6-9 Overall)
    Nickname: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Crimson Tide                   Letterwinners Lost/Returning: 4/4
    Athletics Website: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.rolltide.com                                                                           Letterwinners Lost: Ashley Bentley, Melissa Day,
    President: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Robert E. Witt                                                                   Natalie McElveen, Robin Stephenson
    Faculty Athletics Representative: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joe Hornsby                                                                                 Newcomers: Paulina Bigos, Nicole Briceno,
    Athletic Director: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mal Moore                                                                      Bianca Svensson, Alice Tunaru
    Senior Associate AD Internal Operations: . . . . . . . . . . .Finus Gaston
    Senior Associate AD External Operations: . . . . . . .Johnny Williams
    Associate Athletic Directors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kevin Almond
       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jon Gilbert
       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wendell Hudson (S/D Administrator)
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris King
       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarah Patterson       MEDIA INFORMATION
      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ronnie Robertson
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Doug Walker            SID Match Services: Live scoring of Crimson Tide home matches is available at www.rolltide.com.
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Larry White
    Senior Woman’s Administrator/                                                                                       Complete match results as well as the head coach’s comments on the match will be available in the media
    Associate Athletic Director: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marie Robbins                               relations office immediately following the completion of each home event. A post-match story with
    Assistant AD/Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Besanceney                            results will be posted on rolltide.com. Results will also be faxed and e-mailed by request.
    Assistant AD/Business Office: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carol Keys                                 Interviews: Head coach Jenny Mainz is available for interviews in person or by telephone Monday-
    Assistant AD of Student Services: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jon Dever                                Friday in her office, and after practice. Arrange all interviews through sports information contact Ben
    Assistant AD of Lifeskills Program: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Karin Lee
    Director of Tide Pride: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tommy Ford                           Blevins. Practice times can vary depending on weather, student class schedules and other circumstances.
    Athletic Ticket Manager: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rhoda Vaughn                              Check with the media relations office to get specific practice times. Coach Mainz can be reached direct-
    Director of Athletic Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Daniel Hopper                                   ly in her office at (205) 348-3840.
    Director of Trademark Licensing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            Player interviews may be conducted before or after practice sessions or by appointment. All inter-
    Director of Capital Projects: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thad Turnipseed                                views should be scheduled in advance by contacting Ben Blevins at (205) 348-6084.
    Media Relations Staff                                                                                                   Satellite Feeds: The University of Alabama offers a weekly satellite feed to electronic media on
    Associate AD for Media Relations: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Doug Walker                                      Wednesdays, and occasionally the Crimson Tide women’s tennis team is featured in this feed. Call the
    Associate Media Relations Director: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Becky Hopf                                     Media Relations Office for more details, including coordinates, about this service.
    Assistant Media Relations Directors: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barry Allen                                       About this Publication: This publication is a multi-purpose guide. It is written for media, recruits
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ben Blevins     and fans. The 2007 women’s tennis media
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Corey Hoodjer
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Roots Woodruff          guide was written by Cara Teague.
    Media Relations Admin. Assistant: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brenda Burnette                                            On the Cover: The cover of the 2007
    Media Relations Intern: . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Kirksey, Lindsay Frantz                                        Women’s Tennis Media Guide displays the
    Media Relations Student Assistants:                                                                                 2007 women’s team with their 2006 SEC
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lenae Douglas, Thomas Fitch, Alex Greenbaum                                      Western Division Champion Trophy.
     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Holly Huey, Andrea Johnson, Cory Johnson
      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Preston Juda, Kathryn Lasater, Lauren Logan                                    Credits: The 2007 edition of the University
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily Meadows, Kyle Murphy, Emily Screws                                   of Alabama women’s tennis media guide was
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jessica Smith, Johnathan Thompson, Chris Woodfin                                         written and edited by Cara Lynn Teague.
                                                                                                                        Editing contributions go to Doug Walker,
    Women’s Tennis Contact Information:                                                                                 Corey Hoodjer, Ben Blevins, Roots Woodruff,
    Ben Blevins
    Office: 205/348-6734                                                                                                Becky Hopf and Jason Kirksey. Photo credits
    Fax: 205/348-8841                                                                                                   go to staff photographer Kent Gidley and his
    Cell: 205/535-0220                                                                                                  students Jessica Smith and Corey Johnson.
    email: bblevins@ia.ua.edu                                                                                           Credit is also due to a countless number of
                                                                                                                        current and former UA sports information
    Alabama Athletic Media Relations
    Mailing Address                                                                                                     directors and media relations student assis-
    Box 870391                                                                                                          tants for their contributions to this publica-
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487                                                                                                tion.
    Overnight Address
    1201 Coliseum Drive
    Coleman Coliseum Rm 170
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
    Phone & Fax Number
    Phone: 205/348-6084
    Fax: 205/348-8841


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2007 ROSTER BREAKDOWN
The Class of the Tide
Seniors              Juniors               Sophomores               Freshman
Mari Muller          Andrea Brenes         Sofia Ayala              Paulina Bigos
                                           Shelley Godwin           Nicole Briceno
                                                                    Bianca Svensson
                                                                    Alice Tunaru




Home of the Tide
United States               Argentina             Costa Rica
Paulina Bigos               Mari Muller           Andrea Brenes
(Chicago, Ill.)             (Rio Negro)           (San Jose)
Nicole Briceno
(Pembroke Pines, Fla.)      Ecuador              Romania
Shelley Godwin              Sofia Ayala          Alice Tunaru
(Enterprise, Ala.)          (Quito)              (Piesti)
Bianca Svensson
(Atlanta, Ga.)




Back Row (L-R): Assistant Coach Eduardo Rincon, Sofia Ayala, Shelley Godwin, Mari Muller, Andrea Brenes and Head
Coach Jenny Mainz. Front Row (L-R): Alice Tunaru, Paulina Bigos, Nicole Briceno, and Bianca Svensson.



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    THE UNIVERSITY OF


    ALABAMA       • The University of Alabama ranked 13th nationally among public universities
                     and 31st among all universities in the enrollment of National Merit
                     Scholars in 2005. The 2006 freshman class includes 83 National Merit
                     Scholars, a 15 percent increase over last year's 72.
                  • Six University of Alabama students were named to the 2006 USA Today All-
                     USA College Academic Team, the most of any school in the nation. UA's
                     four-year total of 20 also tops all other colleges and universities.
                  • Founded in 1831, The University of Alabama is celebrating its 175th
                     anniversary in 2006.
                  • Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 23,878 in
                     fall 2006. The entering freshman class, at 4,378 students, is the largest in
                     UA history.
                  • Private giving to The University of Alabama is at an all-time high with gifts
                     and pledges for Fiscal Year 2006 totaling over $100 million. Supporters are
                     currently embracing a capital campaign with a major goal of improving
                     scholarship opportunities for deserving students. The campaign theme is
                     Our Students, Our Future.
                  • The University of Alabama has a dramatic impact on the economy of
                     Alabama, returning three dollars for every one dollar invested in the
                     University by the state. UA each year contributes $1.7 BILLION to the
                     state’s economy.
                  • U.S. News and World Report perennially ranks the UA School of Law among
                     the top 50 in the nation. An impressive 97.6 percent of the 2006 graduates
                     of the UA School of Law who took the Alabama bar exam in July 2006
                     passed.
                  • UA1s undergraduate business program ranked 60th nationally in U.S. News
                     and World Report’s annual college rankings, fall 2006. The Culverhouse
                     School of Accountancy is ranked 25th among undergraduate accounting
                     programs.
                  • The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information
                     Sciences1 doctoral program in mass communication is ranked seventh
                     nationally by the National Communication Association. The most recent
                     U.S. News rankings for communication graduate programs placed UA’s
                     advertising program 12th and telecommunication 14th in the nation.
                  • The University of Alabama ranked among the top 50 public universities in
                     the nation for the sixth consecutive year in U.S. News and World Report’s
                     annual college rankings, fall 2006.
                  • The University of Alabama’s graduates include 15 Rhodes Scholars, 18
                     Goldwater Scholars, 10 Truman Scholars, eight Hollings Scholars, two
                     Javits Fellows, one Udall Scholar and one Portz Scholar.
                  • For over a decade, UA has been one of the top public flagship universities in
                     the Southeast in enrollment of African-American students. For the 2006-
                     2007 academic year, African-Americans represent 11 percent of the student
                     body.
                  • This year alone, more than 900 University of Alabama students will receive a
                     total of more than $2.3 million in scholarships provided by the National
                     Alumni Association.




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   The Story
                of the
Elephant
    The story of how Alabama became associated with the “elephant” goes back to the 1930 season when
Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team.
    On October 8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the
Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, “That
Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-
schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have
ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an
additional two minutes.
    “Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their
knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines
that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground.
    “At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that
continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the ele-
phants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.
    “It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked
me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size.”
    Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as “Red
Elephants,” the color referring to the crimson jerseys.
    The 1930 team posted an overall 10-0 record. It shut out eight opponents and
allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217. The “Red Elephants” rolled over
Washington State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions.




                     Yea Alabama
                     Yea Alabama!
                                                                            Why the Tide?
                                                                                In early newspaper accounts of Alabama football, the team was simply listed as
                    Drown'em Tide,                                          the “varsity” or the “Crimson White” after the school colors. The first nickname to
            Every Bama man's behind you,                                    become popular and used by headline writers was the “Thin Red Line.” The nick-
                    Hit your stride...                                      name was used until 1906. The name “Crimson Tide” is supposed to have first been
                                                                            used by Hugh Roberts, former sports editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He
                 Go teach the Bulldogs                                      used “Crimson Tide” in describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in
                        to behave                                           Birmingham in 1907, the last football contest between the two schools until 1948
                                                                            when the series was resumed. The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was
       Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave,                           a heavy favorite to win. But, evidently, the “Thin Red Line” played a great game in
            And if a man starts to weaken,                                  the red mud and held Auburn to a 6-6 tie, thus gaining the name “Crimson Tide.”
                    That's a shame,                                         Zipp Newman, former sports editor of the Birmingham News, probably popularized
                                                                            the name more than any other writer.
          'Cause Bama's pluck and grit have
          Writ her name in Crimson Flame,
           Fight on, Fight on, Fight on, men!
       Remember the Rose Bowl we'll win then.
                   Go, roll to victory,
                    Hit your stride!
              You're Dixie's football pride,
                     Crimson Tide!

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    “In marking the 175th anniversary of the University in 2006, we are doing far more than cele-
    brating 175 years of existence and achievements. We are celebrating the fact that as an academic
    community we have embraced a vision and we are executing a plan that is transforming that
    vision into reality. If I could have picked any time in the 175 years of this University’s existence
    to have the privilege and the honor of serving as president, I would pick now, because the decade
    we are about to enter will be one of the most exciting and important in the history of The
    University of Alabama.” -- Dr. Robert E. Witt




    Dr. Robert E. Witt                                                   President
                                                        The University of Alabama



    A
            s president of The University of    campus have been completed. Private
            Alabama, Dr. Robert E. Witt         giving to the University is at an all-
            has committed the University        time high with supporters embracing a
    to an ambitious plan for growth and         capital campaign with a major goal of
    achievement. His goals include              improving scholarship opportunities
    increasing enrollment to 28,000 stu-        for deserving students. The campaign
    dents by 2010 and stimulating signifi-      theme is Our Students, Our Future. As         Now in his fourth year as president,
    cant growth in research in support of       Alabama’s flagship university cele-           Dr. Witt came to UA with 35 years
    economic expansion for the state and        brates its 175th anniversary in 2006,         experience in the University of Texas
    nation. Under his leadership, enroll-       Dr. Witt’s vision for the University of       System. He received his B.A. in eco-
    ment has reached record levels and          the future takes on new relevance in its      nomics from Bates College, his M.B.A.
    academic quality has remained high;         threefold emphasis:                           from Tuck School at Dartmouth
    the University has developed an                                                           College, and his Ph.D. from Penn State
    Honors College, which enrolled more         •   To be a university of choice for the      University. He serves on the board of
    than 900 freshmen in Fall 2006, and             best and brightest students;              directors of the Black Warrior Council
    the Fall 2006 freshman class included       •   To be a student-centered tier-1           Boy Scouts of America and is a mem-
    83 National Merit Scholars and 749              research university;                      ber of the West Alabama Chamber of
    students with 4.0 high school GPAs.         •   To be an academic community unit-         Commerce, the Tuscaloosa County
    The first two phases of a plan to signif-       ed in its commitment to enhancing         Industrial Development Authority, and
    icantly expand student housing on               the quality of life for all Alabamians.   the Elizabeth Project Care Board.




                                                                                         (L-R) Taylor Nichols, Katie Boyd,
                                                                                         Aundrea Lollar, Matthew
                                                                                         Fitzgerald, Joan Garrett and Cody
                                                                                         Locke.




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                                                          Moore was recently rewarded for his success-    athletics director thanks to his three decades of


  MAL
                                                       es with a contract extension that will take him    experience in collegiate athletics.
                                                       through June, 2010. He received unanimous              As a player and coach at Alabama, Moore
                                                       support from the UA Board of Trustees.             was part of seven national championships, 14



 MOORE
                                                          “This is based on two things: his ability to    SEC championships, and 27 bowl trips.
                                                       identify and hire good coaches and secondly, his       Alabama capitalized on that background,
                                                       vision about facilities.”                          and Moore's popularity, by naming him as
                                                          Alabama student-athletes are already utiliz-    Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs
                                                       ing new stadiums for soccer and tennis and         in 1994, a position that required constant travel
     Director of Athletics                             football is enjoying a state-of-the-art weight     to speaking engagements around the Southeast.
                                                       facility, locker room and sports medicine area         In his career, Moore has worked with a diver-
                                                       and a Hall of Champions and administrative         sified field of constituents, from fellow coaches
                                                       area that makes it one of top venues in the        to former players, to fans and the business com-
                                                       nation.                                            munity. All those experiences and relationships
                                                          Crimson Tide student-athletes also benefit      make him the ideal person to lead Alabama
                                                       from a state-of-the-art academic center that       athletics into the 21st century.
                                                       came on line in early 2005 and renovation of           A 1963 graduate of the University of
                                                       Coleman Coliseum is complete.                      Alabama, Moore holds both an undergraduate
                                                          His leadership has been crucial in helping      degree in Sociology and a 1964 Master's Degree
                                                       guide Alabama through a period that has, at        in Secondary Education from the Capstone. A
                                                       times, been extremely difficult. It has been his   scholarship player for Coach Paul Bryant,
                                                       guidance and efforts that have helped Alabama      Moore was a member of Alabama's 1961
                                                       weather the storm, while continuing to move in     national championship team.
                                                       a positive direction toward a future that will         Coaching football for 31 years, 22 of those at
   Mal Moore, in his eighth year as the Tide’s         shine as brightly as Alabama's storied past.       Alabama, provided Moore with a wealth of
Director of Athletics, has put his stamp on one           Under Moore's direction Alabama's athletic      experience and knowledge in the world of col-
of the nation’s most storied athletic programs.        teams have produced a number of Southeastern       lege athletics. As a coach, Moore served as
Alabama’s athletic teams have excelled in the          Conference titles, including men's basketball,     Bryant's graduate assistant in 1964 and then
competition arena and he has now directed              gymnastics, baseball and softball and SEC tour-    Alabama's defensive backfield coach from 1965-
completion of a $125 million facilities cam-           nament titles in both baseball and softball, and   70. He served as the Tide's quarterbacks coach
paign that has revitalized the Crimson Tide’s          an NCAA gymnastics title. Alabama athletes         from 1971-82 and from 1975-82 took on the
athletic facilities. It has been Moore’s leadership,   have earned some of the highest honors the         additional responsibility and elevated role as
vision and initiative that has enabled this mon-       SEC and NCAA have to offer, including SEC          the Tide's offensive coordinator.
umental project to reach fruition.                     Athlete of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the        Alabama won national championships, in
   Alabama’s 2006 football team competes in            Year, NCAA Top VIII, NCAA Postgraduate             1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979 and 1992 with
the newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium                Scholarships and NCAA Sportsperson of the          Moore coordinating all the offensive plays for
which holds 92,138 fans, making it the fifth-          Year. These honors are over and above the indi-    the last four of those championship teams. He
largest on campus facility in the nation. With         vidual conference and national titles that         is the only man connected with the Alabama
the north end zone expansion completed, this           Alabama athletes continue to bring home to the     coaching staffs, past or present, who was a
magnificent edifice now houses 120 skyboxes, a         Capstone.                                          member of all seven of those title squads. In
new home team locker room, a club level area              During his tenure, Moore has also supervised    addition to Alabama, his coaching career
hosting 1,680 patrons, a new administrative            the completion of a number of other facility       included stops at Montana State, Notre Dame
level and approximately 6,800 additional upper         projects, highlighted by the expansion of          and the NFL's Phoenix Cardinals.
deck seats.                                            Sewell-Thomas Stadium; new lighting systems            Moore was born December 19, 1939 in
   Moore’s tenure at UA has been marked by             for Coleman Coliseum, Sewell Thomas                Dozier, Alabama. He has been married to the
unprecedented facility growth for the athletic         Stadium and the women's soccer field and           former Charlotte Davis of Tuscaloosa since July
department but he has also had a national              installation of new artificial turf in the Hank    20, 1968. They have one daughter, Mrs. Steve
impact as a key member of several prestigious          Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.                    (Heather) Cook of Scottsdale, Arizona, a grand-
NCAA and college football committees. Moore               Hired on Nov. 23, 1999, Moore's stint as        daughter, Anna Lee and a grandson Charles
currently serves on the NCAA Division I                Director of Athletics is the latest phase of his   Cannon.
Football issues Committee, the SEC AD Bowl             30-plus years of service to the Capstone. Well-
Advisory Committee and on the Big Six                  known in athletic circles, Moore brings a vision
Conferences Minority Coaches Forum.                    of championships and success to the office of




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                                      Finus Gaston                                                                           Johnny Williams
                                      Senior Associate Athletics Director/                                                   Senior Associate Athletics Director/
                                      Chief Financial Officer                                                                External Operations

                                    Crimson ties are a family tradition                                                    Johnny Williams joined Alabama's
                                    for Finus Gaston, Senior Associate                                                     athletic department in October,
                                    Director of Athletics for                                                              2004 as Senior Associate Athletics
                                    Administration. His father, the                                                        Director for External Affairs.
                                    late Finus C. Gaston, was sports                                                       Williams joined the Tide after serv-
                                    information director at Alabama                                                        ing as Athletics Director at Troy
                                    from 1953-61, allowing his son to                                                      University for 11 years.
                                    grow up around Alabama athletics.                                                      Williams' responsibilities include
                                    And his mother, the late Jewell                                                        oversight of Tide Pride, Marketing
    Gaston, was a long-time departmental employee in the TIDE                             and Promotions, Media Relations and the Ticket Office.
    PRIDE office.                                                                            Under Williams' watch at Troy, the athletic department moved
     Gaston joined the University of Alabama Athletics Department                         to Division I-A, completing a change from Division II in all
    on August 8, 1996 after serving the University for 22 years. The                      sports.
    Tuscaloosa native was Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary and                          In January 2002, Williams was honored for his progressive
    Support Services before joining the Crimson Tide athletic staff.                      leadership by the All-American Football Foundation with its
        His duties now encompass management of the athletics busi-                        prestigious Gen. Robert Neyland Athletics Director Award.
    ness office, personnel services, capital projects, and general main-                      Williams began his athletic career at Troy as a graduate assis-
    tenance of building and grounds associated with athletics. Gaston                     tant football coach under Rick Rhoades.
    also has direct oversight of administrative duties for football. In                      During his coaching tenure with the Trojans, Williams also
    1999, Gaston served as interim athletics director for a short time.                   held several administrative positions within the department. In
        His ties run deep with the department. The 1969 Tuscaloosa                        1986 and 1987, he coordinated the football program's marketing
    High School graduate continued his education at the University                        and development efforts as a special assistant to the athletics
    of Alabama, working his way through school as Coach Paul                              director, in addition to his coaching duties. In 1988, he coordi-
    “Bear” Bryant’s head football manager. In 1973, Gaston earned a                       nated travel and ticket sales.
    degree in business education, then went on to earn a Master of                           Prior to his arrival in Troy, Williams was the head football
    Arts degree in trade and industrial education in 1975. In 1984,                       coach and athletics director at Pickens County High School in
    Gaston received his Doctor of Education Degree in administra-                         Reform, Ala., in 1984. He also served as an assistant coach at his
    tion and higher education.                                                            alma mater, the University of North Alabama, from 1979-83.
        He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa                               A 1980 graduate of UNA with a degree in health/physical edu-
    and Kappa Delta Pi honorary fraternities.                                             cation, Williams was a four-year defensive starter for the Lions,
        Upon graduation, Gaston’s career flourished at the University.                    earning "Defensive Lineman of the Year" honors in 1978. He was
    Working in the Financial Affairs office, he held positions as                         selected to the "UNA Team of the Decade" for the 1970s.
    Buyer, Assistant Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Manager,                                  A 1975 graduate of Holt High School, he is married to the
    Director of Licensing, Associate Director of Business Services and                    former Robin Libby of Huntsville. The couple has two sons,
    Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary and Support Services.                          Andrew and David.
        Gaston and his wife, Martha, have two children: Will, a 1995
    graduate of Alabama, and Curri, a 1998 graduate of the Capstone
    and one granddaughter, Anna Carson.


                                 The University of Alabama Athletic Department’s Mission Statement

    The mission of the University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to actively support the University’s mission of teaching, research and service
    by providing an atmosphere in which student-athletes can succeed at championship levels within the spirit of fair play, sportsmanship and integrity.


    Towards this mission, the following athletics-related objectives are promoted:
    * Development of the total person
    * Demonstration of academic achievement
    * Adherence to NCAA and SEC rules of competition
    * Development of programs and services which ensure equitable treatment, respect and opportunity for men and women
    * Expectation of success in all sponsored programs
    * Recognition and enhancement of the athletic traditions at The University
    * Programmed outreach initiatives for student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff to serve The University and local communities




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             Joe Hornsby                               Marie Robbins                              Wendell Hudson
      Faculty Athletics Representative            Associate AD and Senior Woman                  Associate Athletics Director
                                                           Administrator
Dr. Joe Hornsby is an Associate Professor                                                    Wendell Hudson has sports oversight
of English and Director of the Blount           In November of 2001, athletics direc-    over swimming and diving, as well as
Undergraduate Initiative. He was born        tor Mal Moore added the Senior              men’s basketball and men’s track and
and raised in Gadsden, Alabama.              Woman Administrator title to Marie          field and cross country.
   He received his B.A (1976) and M.A        Robbins’ duties, giving her sport over-         Hudson, an All-American basketball
in English (1980) and J.D. (1979) in Law     sight and a more direct role in leading     player and member of the ASHOF, has
from the University of Alabama. After        the Crimson Tide to future success.         returned to the University of Alabama as
his extended stint as a student at              As a former University of Alabama        Associate Athletics Director for Alumni
Alabama, he continued his studies at the     gymnast, Robbins led the Crimson Tide       Relations. Hired on Sept. 18, 2003,
University of Toronto where he special-      to an SEC and NCAA title in 1988 and        Hudson left McLennan Community
ized in Old English and Chaucer. He          another SEC title in 1990. She earned       College in Waco, Texas, where he had
received his Ph.D. in English from the       four All-America honors, an SEC all-        served as Athletics Director for six years,
University of Toronto in 1984 and then       around title and three Academic All-        to return to his Alma Mater. He had
he returned to the English department of     SEC accolades and a Southeastern            served as assistant AD for four years
the University of Alabama. There he has      Conference Postgraduate scholarship.        before being named McLennan’s AD.
taught a variety of courses, including          After her competitive career, she            The Birmingham native graduated
Chaucer, and served as Undergraduate         enrolled in The University of Alabama       from Alabama in 1973 with a Bachelor
and Graduate Director.                       School of Law in the fall of 1990. While    of Science degree. Alabama’s first
    In 2000 he left the department of        in law school, Marie stayed in touch        African American scholarship athlete of
English to serve as Director of the Blount   with athletics, working as a graduate       any sport, he was a 2nd round draft pick
Undergraduate Initiative. Hornsby's          assistant with CASS (Center for Athletic    by the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. He also
publications include articles on law and     Student Services).                          played for the ABA’s Memphis Tams
medieval literature, and a book entitled        After law school, Robbins accepted an    before returning to Tuscaloosa as an
"Chaucer and the Law."                       internship with the SEC office, working     assistant basketball coach from 1974-79.
    During his tenure at Alabama he has      with championships. After her first year    Other coaching stops included UNA
received several honors, including the       with the SEC office she moved into the      (1979-82), Rice (1982-83), Ole Miss
University of Alabama Outstanding            compliance section. At that time, the       (1983-85) and Baylor (1985-86) before
Commitment to Teaching, College of           SEC was taking over the national letter     he turned his career to athletics admin-
Arts and Sciences Distinguished              of intent program and then-SEC              istration at McLennan CC in 1986.
Teaching Fellow, Penny Allen Award for       Commissioner Roy Kramer tapped                  He is married to the former Belinda
Commitment to Students, SAADE                Robbins to run the program.                 Urivie and has five children; Traci,
Distinguished Teaching Award, and the           In September of 1996, Robbins            Tasha, Michelle, David and Hawvy.
Morris L. Mayer Award.                       returned to the Capstone, joining
    His wife, Anne Sikes Hornsby, is an      Alabama’s senior staff as Associate
attorney who practices in Birmingham.        Athletics Director for Compliance.
                                                In addition to her work with the
                                             University, Robbins served on the
                                             NCAA Women’s Gymnastics
                                             Committee starting in 1998 and chair-
                                             ing the committee in 2000-02. Robbins
                                             is also a current member of the NCAA
                                             Women’s Volleyball Committee.




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Creating Champions in
the Community
  CHAMPS/Life Skills Helps Tide Athletes Give Back to the Community

                                 Each year the University of Alabama          letes on sports related issues.
                             Women’s Tennis team, in association with             “I feel like the Life Skills program is a win-win situation,” Lee said.
                             the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, partici-         “I only see positive benefits. This plan gives our student-athletes a
                             pates in two community “Play Days” in            chance to give back to the community, as well as allowing them the
                             order to give back to the community that         opportunity to create a positive image for the children. The face-to-
                             passionately lends its support. These            face interaction with the community provides our athletes with a
                             events have been sponsored annually since        sense of worth and accomplishment. The program also brings enjoy-
                             Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz’s arrival         ment to both the student-athletes and the kids.”
                             at the Capstone. Each “Play Day” allows              The CHAMPS program, an acronym for Challenging Athletes’
                             youth and adults alike to join the Crimson       Minds for Personal Success, was created to initiate a framework for
                             Tide and its supporters for a day of fun         operating successful athletics programs. Based on the mission to “pre-
        Karin Lee            and instruction on the game of tennis.           pare student-athletes for life as productive citizens in our society,” the
  Alabama’s Director             “It’s great to get the chance to go out      Division IA Athletic Directors’ Association, along with Alabama’s
      of Life Skills         into the community, both here in                 CASS program, believes the program will enable athletic departments
                             Tuscaloosa and in other cities throughout        to prepare this generation of student-athletes to better face the world
the state and help grow tennis,” Mainz said. “For the size of our team,       after graduation from college.
we are very active in the community and it is important for us to give            The CHAMPS program consists of five components - athletic
back to those that support us. Our team is comprised of role models           commitment, academic commitment, career development, personal
who are very responsive to this calling. Our players are willing to give      development and community service.
unselfishly of their time and they understand that life is about giving           Alabama is striving to succeed in providing its student-athletes
back to others.”                                                              with opportunities to participate in each of these areas. The athletic
    Of course, Alabama’s involvement in the community has been fos- department has developed “1st &10 Career Day” in order to meet
tered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its          these needs. It is an annual job fair for Alabama student-athletes
partnership with the Division 1A Athletic Director’s Association.             which brings 60-70 successful business leaders to campus each year to
Together they joined to create the CHAMPS/Life Skills program in an           recruit for after graduation. In addition to this, Alabama is striving to
effort to enhance the athletic and personal responsibility of student-        foster the development of its student-athletes by offering programs on
athletes. With the NCAA providing the educational programming,                gambling, media relations, nutrition, health decisions, and sexual
resources and training, and Division 1A Director’s providing market-          responsibility.
ing, leadership and funding assistance, the program is
now in place to enhance the total development of stu-
dents participating in intercollegiate athletics.
    The effort at the University of Alabama has been
spearheaded by Associate Director of Athletics Kevin
Almond and staff members at the Center of Athletic
Student Services (CASS). Jon Dever, Assistant Athletics
Director, now heads the program and looks to continue
the success that the University of Alabama has enjoyed
in giving back to the community and preparing it stu-
dent-athletes for life away from sports.
    “This program focuses on service, personal develop-
ment and career counseling,” Almond said of the pro-
gram. “Obviously, the University of Alabama is commit-
ted to athletics, but we must also fulfill the academic
component of the student-athlete.”
    Alabama’s Director of the Life Skills Program, Karin
Lee, has been instrumental in increasing the community             It takes several volunteers and a lot of energy to make the Annual
service opportunities for Crimson Tide athletes. Along
                                                                                         Alabama “Play Day” a success.
with the coaching staffs at the Capstone, Lee plans and
organizes community service opportunities as well as
workshops and speakers to help educate Alabama’s ath-




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      Center for Athletic Student Services
                   With the help of the Center for Athletic Student Services (CASS), the
                    The University of Alabama’s women’s tennis team has finished the
                    academic year with highest team GPA for five consecutive seasons.
                                                                                                   Not all the accolades that come the
                                                                                                way of the women's tennis team are
                                                                                                from athletic achievements. On the
                                                                                                tennis court, Alabama head coach
                                                                                                Jenny Mainz demands maximum
                                                                                                effort and performance from her
                                                                                                team. She expects the same off the
                                                                                                court and in the classroom as well.
                                                                                                   Last year Mainz's team was awarded
                                                                                                the University of Alabama's Team GPA
                                                                                                award at the annual academic award's
                                                                                                banquet. During the 2005-2006 aca-
                                                                                                demic year, the team posted a collec-
                                                                                                tive grade point average of 3.46. It was
                                                                                                the fifth consecutive year that the
                                                                                                women's tennis team took home the
                                                                                                University's Highest Team GPA award.
                                                                                                   Last year, seven members of the
                                                                                                Alabama women’s tennis team were
     Bryant Hall houses the CASS staff and helps all Alabama athletes                           named to the Southeastern
     with their studies.                                                                        Conference Academic Honor Roll.
                                                                                                Alabama women’s tennis players com-
        One of the secrets behind the aca-        halls. After that, attendance is based on     bined for 11 academic honors during
     demic success for Tide athletes is           the individual’s GPA and study needs.         the 2005-06 academic year. Ashley
     Alabama’s Center of Athletic Student         The CASS staff works as a liaison             Bentley was named the 2004 and 2006
     Services (CASS), headed by Assistant         between the Athletics Department,             SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year as well
     Athletics Director for Student Services      undergraduate divisions, and adminis-         as an Academic All-American in 2006.
     Jon Dever. Dever is assisted by Heather      trative office of the university. The         She was also awarded the Paul W.
     Anders, Fern Hampton, Lisa Patrick,          staff offers career advice and counsel-       Bryant Honor, the most prestigious
     Tom Buttram and Brenda Elliott. Life         ing, makes sure all athletes are main-        honor at the University of Alabama.
     Skills Director Karin Lee rounds out         taining satisfactory progress toward             It has been the hard work and dedi-
     the CASS staff. Joining this group are       their degrees, and monitors academic          cation of the student-athletes, Fern
     seven graduate assistants and 55 part-       eligibility. The advisors also secure         Hampton and CASS staff members
     time tutors.                                 tutors and schedule study sessions.           that have made these academic
        The CASS Staff moved into a new                 All of these services begin with        achievements possible.
     state-of-the-art facility last spring. The   the recruit’s first visit. The advisors set
     facility is among the finest academic        up individual appointments within the
     facilities in the country and features,      department of the recruit’s area of              “Fern Hampton has been instrumental
     among other things, 50 computers, 30         study and accompany them to the                    in our academic success. Fern takes
     tutoring rooms, lecture rooms, a stu-        meeting. They give the recruit a tour           tremendous pride in providing the nec-
     dent lounge, a career resource center        of the campus and go over services               essary resources for these student-ath-
     and a library reference room. From the       provided by CASS. The dedicated                letes to excel in the classroom. I indicate
     moment a recruit first walks on to           CASS staff can only give guidance and          to our women's tennis recruits that Fern
     campus to the moment an athlete              direction. Achievement is left in the           Hampton is one of the most important
     graduates with diploma in hand, the          hands of the student-athlete. If the              and resourceful people that they will
     academic services provided are out-          athlete wishes to succeed in the class-          encounter in their career at Alabama.”
     standing.                                    room as they do in competition, then                                        -- Jenny Mainz
        For the first year at the Capstone,       Alabama’s CASS will provide them                            Head Women’s Tennis Coach
     freshmen and junior college transfers        with every opportunity to achieve
     are required to attend nightly study         their highest goals.




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     ALABAMA’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE




The 2005-2006 team accepted The Highest Team GPA award for the fifth straight year at the annual
athletics academic banquet.
SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll          Woodrow Alvin Davis                President’s List – Spring 2006
         Shelley Godwin                Family Student-Athlete Award           Ashley Bentley, Melissa Day
                                              Ashley Bentley                       Natalie McElveen
    SEC Academic Honor Roll
   Ashley Bentley, Andrea Brenes          Dean’s List – Fall 2005             University Honors Program
   Melissa Day, Natalie McElveen             Ashley Bentley                         Ashley Bentley
    Melissa Minor, Mari Muller                 Melissa Day
         Robin Stephenson                    Shelley Godwin                   Recognition of Excellence in
                                            Natalie McElveen                   Scholarship in Marketing
         Highest Team GPA                     Melissa Minor                        Natalie McElveen
                3.46
                                         Dean’s List – Spring 2006                Omicron Delta Kappa
    2006 ITA All-Academic Team               Ashley Bentley                           Melissa Day
  2005-06 Team GPA average – 3.46              Melissa Day
                                            Natalie McElveen                          “This team has exemplified
                                              Melissa Minor                              their relentless pursuit of
       2006 ITA Scholar-Athlete
                                               Mari Muller                      academic success. They have been
     Ashley Bentley, Melissa Day                                          decorated with countless academic acco-
  Shelley Godwin, Natalie McElveen                                                         lades and have acted as
            Melissa Minor               President’s List – Fall 2005           very dignified ambassadors for the
                                              Ashley Bentley                               University of Alabama.
Paul W. Bryant Student-Athlete Award           Melissa Day                    Their achievements are admirable.”
      (awarded to UA’s top male              Shelley Godwin
     and female student-athlete)                                                                -- Jenny Mainz
           Ashley Bentley                                                            Head Women’s Tennis Coach




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     Previewing ‘Bama Tennis 2007
        The University of Alabama women's
     tennis team will look to defend the 2006
     Southeastern Conference Western
     Division championship this season with
     several new faces in the lineup.
     Defending a conference title is never
     easy but defending it after losing four
     starters is an even tougher task.
        “This is an exciting year for the
     Crimson Tide,” said head coach, Jenny
     Mainz. It is a new team with a new
     identity. These young charges bring a
     renewed enthusiasm and a renewed spir-
     it to the Capstone. I am impressed with
     the manner in which this team works.
     They are a tenacious group committed
     to continuing our strong tradition of
     excellence. They have an understanding
     of the demands required in competing
     and excelling in the premier SEC. We
     have much to look forward to in
     embarking upon our big season. It has
     been exciting to witness new leadership                                          SHELLEY GODWIN
     and evolvement from the four veterans.       and Robin Stephenson, posting a 27-7         formance throughout the year. Her
     They are thrilled about the opportuni-       record. Bentley and Stephenson each          career record in singles is 55-50 while
     ties ahead in directing this team into the   recorded 25 singles victories but Muller     she owns a 49-46 record in doubles.
     competitive fires of the SEC. The four       is the only returning player with over 20       Brenes, a junior from San Jose, Costa
     newcomers are dedicated to constant          wins last year. The top returning doubles    Rica, has the second most experience on
     improvement and are capable of con-          team of Muller and Andrea Brenes tal-        the Crimson Tide roster. She rebounded
     tributing immediately. They are a dedi-      lied eight victories last year.              from a tough freshman campaign with
     cated group that will make a vast impact        The 2006-07 team will compete for         11 singles wins and 14 doubles victories.
     this season.”                                another title with a young squad made        Shelley Godwin and Sofia Ayala are the
        The 2006 division title was the second    up of only one senior, one junior, two       two sophomores. Godwin, the only play-
     in four years for the Crimson Tide as        sophomores and four freshmen.                er from Alabama on the roster, hails
     they edged out Arkansas by one match            “We know we are the underdog              from Enterprise. She went 14-14 in sin-
     last season. Alabama went on to the          because we are young,” said Shelley          gles as a freshman and 7-7 in doubles.
     NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight       Godwin. “It will be like that all year. We   Ayala had five wins in singles and two in
     year and eighth time in school history.      just want to go out and have fun, always     doubles.
        “Winning the SEC West was very            be right there fighting in every match.         The four returning players will try to
     tough,” said Mari Muller, a senior from      Our thing this year is we want to be a       guide four freshmen in to the 2006-07
     Rio Negro, Argentina. “We were neck          surprise team. Of course we would like       season. The newcomers come from
     and neck with Arkansas, and needed to        to defend the west and do well in the        around the country and the globe, rep-
     beat Auburn in our last match. It was a      SEC overall. We also want to make it to      resenting four states and two countries.
     great feeling to win the SEC West and        the NCAA Tournament.”                        Paulina Bigos (Chicago, Ill.), Nicole
     qualify for nationals. This brought a lot       Muller, the only senior on the roster,    Briceno (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Bianca
     of confidence to our team.”                  has posted 15 or more wins in all three      Svensson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Alice
        The Crimson Tide finished at the top      of her seasons at Alabama. She set a         Tunaru (Piesti, Romania) comprise the
     of the west in 2006 with the help of         career high with 21 victories in both sin-   class of 2010.
     three players recording over 20 victories    gles and doubles in 2005-06. She was            “I think all of the freshmen are very
     in singles and the top doubles combina-      named to the All-SEC team for her per-       capable of contributing,” said Mainz.
     tion in school history, Ashley Bentley




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Previewing ‘Bama Tennis 2007
“They are learning what college tennis is
about. Bianca Svensson has a great col-
lege game with a big forehand. She does
a good job coming forward in the court
and is a really good doubles player with
good hands. Nicole Briceno is a tremen-
dous competitor. She is feisty and does
not give up free points. She is a versatile
player who can also volley and is a good
doubles player. Paulina Bigos is athletic,
strong and powerful. When you look at
her, she looks explosive and she is start-
ing to put it together. She has a big serve
and likes to control the middle of the
court with her forehand. Alice Tunaru
has incredibly penetrating ground
strokes. She is very powerful and is a                     MARI MULLER                                        NICOLE BRICENO
solid baseliner. She is trying to work on
adding a little bit to her game.”
   The Crimson Tide will open the 2007                          2006-07 ALABAMA WOMEN’S TENNIS ROSTER
spring season Jan. 19-21 at the Virginia
                                              Name                    Class      Exp.       Hometown/High School
Invitational. They will play in Tuscaloosa    Sofia Ayala              So.       1VL        Quito, Ecuador/Colegio Emilo Gino Segre
for the first time on Feb. 3 when they        Paulina Bigos            Fr.       HS         Chicago, Ill. (Taft)
host Colorado. The defense of the SEC         Andrea Brenes            Jr.       2VL        San Jose, Costa Rica (Sagemont School)
                                              Nicole Briceno           Fr.       HS         Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Pembroke Pines Charter)
Western Division Championship will            Shelley Godwin           So.       1VL        Enterprise (Enterprise)
start March 2 when Alabama welcomes           Mari Muller              Sr.       3VL        Rio Negro, Argentina (Villa Maria)
Vanderbilt to the UA Tennis Stadium.          Bianca Svensson          Fr.       HS         Atlanta, Ga. (Marist)
                                              Alice Tunaru             Fr.       HS         Piesti, Romania (Sportive Pitesti)

                                              Head Coach: Jenny Mainz (10th Season, Houston, 1991)
                                              Assistant Coach: Eduardo Rincon (2nd season, Valdosta State)

                                                                   2007 DUAL MATCH TENNIS SCHEDULE
                                              Date               Opponent                         Location               Time
                                              Jan. 19-21         Virginia Invitational            Charlottesville, Va.   ALL DAY
                                              Jan. 27            Oregon                           Lubbock, Texas         Noon
                                              Jan. 28            Texas Tech                       Lubbock, Texas         10:00 a.m.
                                              Feb. 3             Colorado                         Tuscaloosa             5:00 p.m.
                                              Feb. 9             Furman                           Tuscaloosa             4:00 p.m.
                                              Feb. 11            Iowa                             Tuscaloosa             11:00 a.m.
                                              Feb. 16            UT-Chattanooga                   Tuscaloosa             6:00 p.m.
                                              Feb. 24            Oklahoma                         Tuscaloosa             12:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 2             Vanderbilt                       Tuscaloosa             4:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 4             Kentucky                         Tuscaloosa             1:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 9             Mississippi                      Oxford, Miss.          4:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 11            Mississippi State                Starkville, Miss.      1:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 14            Washington State                 Tuscaloosa             3:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 17            Michigan                         Ann Arbor, Mich.       6:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 23            Tennessee                        Tuscaloosa             4:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 25            Georgia                          Athens, Ga.            1:00 p.m.
                                              Mar. 30            Florida                          Gainesville, Fla.      5:00 p.m.
                                              Apr. 1             South Carolina                   Columbia, S.C.         1:00 p.m.
                                              Apr. 6             LSU                              Tuscaloosa             4:00 p.m.
                                              Apr. 8             Arkansas                          Tuscaloosa            1:00 p.m.
                                              Apr. 14            Auburn                           Tuscaloosa             12:00 p.m.
                                              Apr. 19-22         SEC Championships                Lexington, Ky.         All Day
                                              May 11-13          NCAA Regionals                   TBA                    All Day
                                              May 19-28          NCAA Championships               Athens, Ga.            All Day
               HEAD COACH
               JENNY MAINZ



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