April 8, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - The 27th-ranked women's tennis team (12-5, 5-3 SEC) posted a 4-3 win over No. 34 Mississippi (9-9, 2-7 SEC) on Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. With the victory, the Crimson Tide has won five consecutive Southeastern Conference matches.
"We won a tough match," Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz said. "I was really proud of the team. We got out to a really convincing start, and we are executing well. We found ways to win in tough situations. Overall, this was a very good win for us. Playing any SEC team on the road is not easy, and I thought we handled thins well. We will use this to carry us into our next match."
Alabama kicked off the match in dominant fashion dropping a combined six games across the three doubles courts. First to finish was the matchup on court two where junior Taylor Lindsey and freshman Alex Clay posted an 8-1 victory over senior Connor Vogel and junior Gabby Rangel. The Tide duo won seven straight games before giving up its first of the match. Sophomore Antonia Foehse and freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane, ranked 60th in the nation, cruised to an 8-2 win over Rebel freshmen Caroline Rohde-Moe and Vivian Vlaar to award Alabama the early point. Foehse and Macfarlane are now 13-0 on the season. Junior Courtney McLane and sophomore Alexa Guarachi, the nation's No. 15 team, completed the sweep for the Tide with an 8-3 win over Mississippi's 23rd-ranked pair of juniors Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie.
Alabama upped its lead to 2-0 as 85th-ranked Guarachi earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 119 Vogel on court two. Macfarlane, ranked 40th, gave the Tide's its third point of the afternoon, despite falling behind early to No. 30 Boxx. Boxx took a commanding 4-0 lead in the first set before Macfarlane rallied to win seven of the final eight games. From there, she went on to dominate the second and won the match, 7-5, 6-3. The Rebels got their first point with a win on court six as Vlaar beat Lindsey 6-4, 6-1. Mississippi would follow that up with a 6-1, 7-6(3) victory on court four as senior Laura van de Stroet topped Clay. Foehse would clinch yet another match for Alabama as she claimed a 7-5, 7-6(5) win over Guthrie on court five. The final matchup went in favor of the Rebels on court three with Rohde-Moe outlasting No. 111 McLane, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Next up, Alabama will take on Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., on Sunday. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
1. No. 15 Guarachi/McLane (UA) def. No. 23 Boxx/Guthrie (UM) 8-3
2. Clay/Lindsey (UA) def. Vogel/Rangel (UM) 8-1
3. No. 60 Foehse/Macfarlane (UA) def. Rohde-Moe/Vlaar (UM) 8-2
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
1. No. 40 Mary Anne Macfarlane (UA) def. No. 30 Kristi Boxx (UM) 7-5, 6-3
2. No. 85 Alexa Guarachi (UA) def. No. 119 Connor Vogel (UM) 6-3, 6-3
3. Caroline Rohde-Moe (UM) def. No. 111 Courtney McLane (UA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Laura van de Stroet (UM) def. Alex Clay (UA) 6-1, 7-6(3)
5. Antonia Foehse (UA) def. Abby Guthrie (UM) 7-5, 7-6(5)
6. Vivian Vlaar (UM) def. Taylor Lindsey (UA) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2,1,6,4,5*,3