FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Alabama women's tennis team won both of its matches Friday at the 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Sophomore Alexa Guarachi and junior Courtney McLane won their doubles match to stay alive in the main draw, while freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane earned a win in the consolation singles draw.
"We came to New York knowing we would have all kinds of tremendous opportunities," Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. "I'm encouraged with the way Alexa, Courtney and Mary Anne have responded. They're doing a commendable job of driving this team forward."
Action began in the morning with doubles where Guarachi and McLane picked up an 8-4 victory over the Yale duo of junior Vicky Brook and senior Lindsay Clark to move on to the semifinals of the main draw. The Crimson Tide netters will now face Southeastern Conference foes in the Florida tandem of sophomore Allie Will and freshman Sophie Oyen, who ousted the tournament's No. 1 seed in the opening round.
"Alexa and Courtney did an excellent job today advancing," Mainz added. "They got out to a strong start with a 3-0 lead and took control of the match. They're doing a good job of playing to their strengths. Alexa and Courtney are playing with a lot of confidence. Alexa elevated her game today and returned the ball well. She hit her targets and set up Courtney to take over at the net. They need to continue to play authoritative, commanding doubles. This provides another great opportunity for them."
After dropping a close three-set match on Thursday, Macfarlane bounced back to take a dominating straight-sets win over Southern California junior Alison Ramos 6-2, 6-2. Next up, Macfarlane will take on the tournament's No. 3 seed in Baylor junior Nina Secerbegovic.
Matches will resume Saturday at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at 8 a.m. CT with the semifinal round of doubles. The singles consolation round will follow the main draw semifinals.
Guarachi/McLane (UA) def. Brook/Clark (YU) 8-4
Mary Anne Macfarlane (UA) def. Alison Ramos (USC) 6-2, 6-2