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Bama upsets MS State in second round of SEC Tournament

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AUBURN, Ala. - The Alabama men's tennis team defeated 15th-nationally ranked and sixth seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Mississippi State, with a 4-3 victory on Thursday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.

Alabama (12-14, 4-9 SEC) secured the opening point, posting victories from Enzo Aguiard and Zach Foster on court two and Joao Ferreira and Yair Sarouk, who took a 7-1 tiebreak win, on court three, respectively.

Mississippi State (19-7, 7-5 SEC) would win back-to-back singles matches at courts four and one, which included a tiebreaker on court one, to take a 2-1 lead. Zach Foster, court five, and Matias Ponce De Leon, court three, moved Alabama back in front at 3-2. Mississippi State would once again tie the match with a win on court two, but Yair Sarouk clinched the win for the Tide with a three-set victory on court six.

The Match

  • For the 11th time this season, Alabama had a match determined by a 4-3 decision
  • Enzo Aguiard and Zach Foster recorded the first win of the day, taking a 6-3 victory over Michal Novansky and Charles Hernandez on doubles court two
  • The Tigers evened the attempt for the doubles point, posting a 6-4 win on court one
  • Joao Ferreira and Yair Saoruk forced a tie on court three and cruised through the tiebreak to take a 7-6 (1) victory to give UA the first point
  • Mississippi State took back-to-back wins on courts four and one, respectively, to take the lead
  • No. 92-ranked Filip Planinsek forced a tiebreak on court one against Peter Jovanovic, but was unable to hold on, falling 6-3, 7-6 (6) .
  • Zach Foster overcame a 6-4 first-set loss to take the match with a 6-3 and 6-1 win, respectively, in sets two and three
  • The Bulldogs would once again tie the match, 3-3, with a win on court two but Yair Sarouk recorded a come-from-behind victory on court six for the team win
  • The freshman would defeat Gregor Ramskogler 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the overall win

Up Next

  • The Crimson Tide will face the third-seeded Kentucky Wildcats Friday morning, April 21
  • First serve is set for 9 a.m. CT



  • 1 | Ewen Lumsden/Petar Jovanovic (MS) def. Filip Planinsek/German Samofalov (UA) 6-4
  • 2 | Enzo Aguiard/Zach Foster (UA) def. Michal Novansky/Carles Hernandez (MS) 6-3
  • 3 | Joao Ferreira/Yair Sarouk (UA) def. Gregor Ramskogler/B. Sanchez Martinez (MS) 7-6 (7-1)

Order of finish (2, 1, 3)


  • 1| Petar Jovanovic (MS) def. #92 Filip Planinsek (UA) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
  • 2| #116 Carles Hernandez (MS) def. #121 Enzo Aguiard (UA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
  • 3| Matias Ponce De Leon (UA) def. #103 Ewen Lumsden (MS) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
  • 4| B. Sanchez Martinez (MS) def. Roan Jones (UA) 6-3, 6-2
  • 5| Zach Foster (UA) def. Michal Novansky (MS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • 6| Yair Sarouk (UA) def. Gregor Ramskogler (MS) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Order of finish (4, 1, 5, 3, 2, 6)