After a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Auburn on Friday night, the Tennessee Lady Volunteer women's tennis team found itself on a three-game winning streak, riding momentum into Sunday's match.
The momentum, however, was not nearly enough to overcome a stout Alabama team on Sunday.
After defeating Auburn, 4-3, in a match that lasted more than four hours under the lights at Barksdale Stadium, the Lady Vols fell to the SEC regular season champion Alabama Crimson Tide in a completely different fashion.
While Friday night's match saw the Lady Vols dramatically come back from a 3-0 deficit, Sunday's contest lasted just over two hours and contained no drama as the Tide rolled to a 4-0 victory.
"It was a different match for us today," said junior Joanna Henderson. "It should have been very similar in the way the matches lasted long, but Alabama is a very good team. They came out and had a lot to prove."
While Henderson was not in the singles lineup in Sunday's match, she played a huge role in the comeback win over Auburn.
After witnessing her team come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match, Henderson won her third set and clinched the victory for her team.
The junior from Aberdeen, Scotland, said it was a great moment for her and and the team.
"I mean that was an incredible evening," Henderson said. "Obviously, I was the one who clinched it, but it was a complete team effort and that really showed our toughness right there and all the hard work we have been putting in all season.
"That was a big match for us, and you know we had an opportunity going into it and we all took it with both hands."
Despite the thrilling victory, Tennessee co-head coach Mike Patrick said he would have liked to see greater effort from more of his players over the weekend.
"We have not mastered putting six of them out there at one time that will play hard," Patrick said. "Even today against a really good Alabama team, we had a couple of people compete really hard, and we had a couple not. That's the problem with having six freshmen out there at one time.
"You are not sure what you are going to get; three of four of them were not really there competing and focused as they need to be."
And with the SEC championship beginning on Wednesday, Patrick said the Lady Vols need to learn how to play at that high level of play quickly.
Following the tenacity they showed as a team against Auburn, however, Henderson said the Lady Vols have what it takes to compete if they can replicate that energy.
"I think the toughness that we showed on Friday night is something that we have to bring into the tournament," Henderson said. "A lot of the teams during the whole of the SEC are very similar. It is a couple points here and there, and it is who is going to stick in the longest.
"I think if we take that attitude into next weekend that will be good."