April 3, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 35th-ranked women's tennis team collected a 7-0 win over No. 53 LSU on Sunday at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. The win marked the Crimson Tide's (11-5, 4-3 SEC) first sweep against the Tigers (10-10, 4-4 SEC) since 2003. The victory was also the fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference win for Alabama, which is its longest run since the 2004 season.
"We took on another quality team in LSU today, and we knew it was going to be a dog fight," Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. "We felt we were prepared coming into this match, but we knew we had to compete on every point. It was another great team effort for the win. We could not have scripted a better day."
The Tide started out strong against the Tigers with a sweep on all three doubles courts. Court one finished first as the Alabama tandem of sophomore Alexa Guarachi and junior Courtney McLane, ranked 15th, dominated LSU juniors Whitney Wolf and Olivia Howlett, 8-2. Within seconds, the Tide secured the doubles point with a win on court three as sophomore Antonia Foehse and freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane, the No. 60 team in the nation, completed a shutout of Tiger sophomore Keri Frankenberger and freshman Yvette Vlaar, 8-0. Alabama's duo on court two of freshman Alex Clay and junior Taylor Lindsey completed the cycle as they defeated LSU sophomore Kaitlin Burns and freshman Ariel Morton, 8-3.
In singles, the Tide took its first point on court one as No. 40 Macfarlane defeated Wolf, ranked 66th, 6-3, 6-2. Next to finish was Foehse on court five, where she downed her Tiger opponent, Frankenberger, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 to give the Tide the 3-0 edge. Lindsey soon finished on court six to give Alabama the win, and 4-0 lead, with her 6-4, 6-2 win against LSU's Vlaar.
Alabama's Clay put down a late rally over Wilson on court four in her 6-1, 6-3 victory. After dropping her first set 5-7, No. 85 Guarachi battled back to win against Howlett on court two, posting scores of 6-2, and 6-1 in her second and third sets to put the Tide up 6-0. McLane was the last to finish, but did so in spectacular fashion as she gutted out the end of her third set to get the win over LSU's Burns 6-7, 6-0, 7-5.
Next up, Alabama will hit the road for a pair of SEC Western Division away matches when it takes on Mississippi and Mississippi State on April 8 and April 10, respectively.
1. No. 15 Guarachi/McLane (UA) def. Wolf/Howlett (LSU) 8-2
2. Clay/Lindsey (UA) def. Frankenberger/Vlaar (LSU) 8-3
3. No. 60 Foehse/Macfarlane (UA) def. Burns/Morton (LSU) 8-0
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
1. No. 40 Mary Anne Macfarlane (UA) def. No. 66 Whitney Wolf (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. No. 85 Alexa Guarachi (UA) def. Olivia Howlett (LSU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
3. No. 111 Courtney McLane (UA) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-7, 6-0, 7-5
4. Alex Clay (UA) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Antonia Foehse (UA) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Taylor Lindsey (UA) def. Yvette Vlaar (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,5,6*,4,2,3