BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's and women's tennis teams are traveling to the 2017 Southern Athletic Association Tournament this weekend. The Panthers are looking for redemption as both fell in the championship game to top seeded Sewanee last year. The tournament runs Friday, April 21-23 at Burns Park in Conway, Ark.
"The girls have been working very hard," said women's Head Coach Ann Dielen. "We're hoping to pull off a few upsets."
The women rank 16th in the Atlantic South region. No. 42 Carlee Petro (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook HS) has dominated in conference. Ranked ninth in the region, the junior went undefeated at #1 singles and is currently riding a nine-match win streak that includes an upset of NCAA Division I Jacksonville State's #1 player. She and partner Emily Whitlock (Panama City, Fla./A.C. Mosley HS) are ranked 14th regionally in doubles. They are 3-4 in league, 8-5 overall this season.
On the men's side, Jacob Weinacker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook HS) is ranked 23rd in the region. He is 5-2 in conference, 9-3 overall at the #1 singles position.
The women, who are seeded fifth, will face Millsaps College in round one of the tournament. The Panthers fell 5-4 to the Majors earlier this season. The No. 4 seed men take on Oglethorpe in a rematch of their regular season finale. BSC defeated the Stormy Petrels 7-2, giving up just one doubles and one singles match.
Fans can follow the results online at tournament central.