Feb. 5, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The 46th-ranked women's tennis team handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season with a 4-3 victory on Saturday at the Goldring Tennis Center on the campus of Tulane University. The win moved the Crimson Tide to 2-1 on the season, while the loss dropped the Red Raiders to 4-1.
"Texas Tech is a very solid team," Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. "I was impressed with them. They had a lot of fight and were really hungry. They came out of the gates ready to compete on every court. They just beat LSU and Tulane and had a lot of momentum heading into the match. The biggest thing we can take from this match is that we somewhat had our backs against the wall and ended up coming out on top."
Due to the weather, the match began with singles where the two teams split causing the need to play doubles. Alabama earned a trio of wins to start the match, but Texas Tech came back to claim the remaining three. First to finish was the matchup on court three where junior Courtney McLane, ranked No. 72, topped sophomore Caroline Starck 6-3, 6-0. Shortly after, freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane, the No. 15 singles player in the nation, downed sophomore Elizabeth Ullathorne 6-1, 6-1. Senior Meritt Emery, playing in her first dual match of the season, rounded out the singles victories for the Tide with a 6-1, 6-4 win over freshman Nikki Sanders.
From there, the Red Raiders would earn their first point at No. 2 as freshman Samantha Adams edged out 63rd-ranked sophomore Alexa Guarachi 7-6, 6-4. Texas Tech freshman Haley Fournier was the next to add to the win column for the Red Raiders as she posted a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Tide freshman Alex Clay on court four. The match's lone three-setter went down to the wire but it would be Texas Tech sophomore Sandra Dynka coming out on top over Tide sophomore Antonia Foehse 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 to even the match.
"Despite the loss, I think Antonia is playing much better tennis," Mainz said. "This is a match she will surely win with a bit more match play under her belt. I want to commend her for her effort today."
The Tide came out strong in doubles claiming two of the three matches for the deciding point. Alabama's 32nd-ranked tandem of Foehse and Macfarlane wrapped up play first with an 8-6 victory over Fournier and Ullathorne. No. 6 Guarachi and McLane would back that up with an 8-5 win on court one over Adams and senior Kelsy Garland to award the Tide its second victory of the season.
"I liked our response in doubles," Mainz added. "We needed to take control, and we did on all three courts. I was pleased with that. It was a great match both ways, and it will definitely help us out down the road. Texas Tech was a very good team."
The Tide remains in New Orleans for a match on Sunday against Tulane. First serve is slated for noon CT.
1. No. 6 Guarachi/McLane (UA) def. Adams/Garland (TTU) 8-5
2. Clay/Lindsey (UA) vs. Sanders/Starck (TTU) 7-4, unf.
3. No. 32 Foehse/Macfarlane (UA) def. Fournier/Ullathorne (TTU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 3,1*
1. No. 15 Mary Anne Macfarlane (UA) def. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TTU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Samantha Adams (TTU) def. No. 63 Alexa Guarachi (UA) 7-6, 6-4
3. No. 72 Courtney McLane (UA) def. Caroline Starck (TTU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Haley Fournier (TTU) def. Alex Clay (UA) 6-3, 6-4
5. Sandra Dynka (TTU) def. Antonia Foehse (UA) 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
6. Meritt Emery (UA) def. Nikki Sanders (TTU) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,1,6,2,4,5