In addition to competing as a team in the 2011 NCAA Championships, Alabama women's tennis will also be represented in the singles and doubles competition that will take place May 25-30. Freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane was one of 64 selected into the singles field, while junior Courtney McLane and sophomore Alexa Guarachi made up one of 32 duos chosen for the doubles draw. All matches will be held at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.
"It's a privilege to be competing in the postseason," Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. "It's always one of our goals to qualify the team and individuals to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships. It's the best of the best and a meaningful way to finish the season strong."
Macfarlane, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, has consistently been in the top 40 in singles. She began the season at No. 15 after a stellar run in the fall to the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championship, which earned her a coveted spot in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Macfarlane played at No. 1 singles for the Crimson Tide throughout dual match play, defeating seven nationally ranked opponents along the way.
Guarachi and McLane will be making their second appearance together in the NCAA Doubles Championship. In 2010, the team won its first match before falling in the round of 16 to the eventual national champions. The Alabama duo has ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this season while never dropping below the 15 spot. Guarachi and McLane played at No. 1 doubles all season for the Tide where they collected an Alabama record-setting 28 wins, knocking off 10 nationally ranked foes.
"Mary Anne, Courtney and Alexa have worked with resolve and diligence to earn their spots at NCAAs," Mainz added. "I'm optimistic, and I feel that Alexa, Courtney and Mary Anne are all playing well enough and with the confidence to create a presence at Stanford. These three are to be applauded for doing a great job at the top of our lineup this season to help our team advance as well as earn individual recognition."