Bama's Guarachi advances in qualifying draw at All-American Championships

PACIFIC PALISADES, Fla. – Three members of the Alabama women's tennis team took part in the qualifying draw of the 2010 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Tuesday at the Riviera Tennis Club. Sophomore Alexa Guarachi was the lone Crimson Tide netter to pick up a win advancing to the round of 32.

"I thought the day went really well," Alabama Assistant Coach Rahim Esmail said. "One of the main reasons we came out to California to take part in this tournament was to compete against the upper echelon of competition throughout the country, and we are doing just that. We may not have won all the matches we would have liked to, but I thought we did a great job putting ourselves in the right situations. We came out ready to play today, and we need to be sure to continue that tomorrow."

Guarachi advanced past the round of 64 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over San Diego State senior Julia Trunk to proceed on to the round of 32. Inclement weather hindered her second match that stands with North Carolina State junior Sandhya Nagaraj leading 6-3, 4-3. The match will continue on Wednesday.

Junior Courtney McLane and freshman Alex Clay also competed in the qualifying round of singles on Tuesday with both falling in the round of 64. McLane took on Iowa's Sonja Molnar in a match that would go in favor of the Hawkeye junior 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Clay was able to get a big lead going early in her match, however Florida sophomore Caroline Hitimana started hitting winners late to earn a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Clay.

Action continues Wednesday at the Riviera Tennis Club. Should Guarachi beat Nagaraj, she would take on either Virginia junior Lindsey Hardenbergh or USC sophomore Danielle Lao with the winner of that match advancing to the main draw of the 2010 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. McLane and Clay will also compete on Wednesday in a consolation match.


Alexa Guarachi (UA) def. Julia Trunk (SDSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Sonja Molnar (IOWA) def. Courtney McLane (UA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Caroline Hitimana (UF) def. Alex Clay (UA) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3