May 28, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Courtney McLane and freshman Alexa Guarachi bowed out of the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championship Friday with a 6-3, 6-2 loss in the Round of 16 to Stanford senior Lindsay Burdette and junior Hilary Barte. The Cardinal duo now moves on to the Quarterfinals on Saturday.
"We had opportunities today," head coach Jenny Mainz said. "Stanford is a very proven team with a great record. They were very proficient. As soon as we made unforced errors they capitalized immediately. We played a solid first few games, however they are very disciplined and give up nothing. We lost to a very good team. We had to do the right things the entire time to have a chance to win. We started that way, but we didn't end that way."
The first set was on serve through four games before Barte and Burdette broke for the 3-2 lead. Guarachi and McLane would hold in their next service game setting the score at 4-3, however the Stanford team went on to win the final two games of the set, including a break in the ninth game, to take the first 6-3.
In the second, Barte and Burdette broke in game two for the early edge. With a 0-40 lead in the third game it appeared Alabama would break back, but the Cardinal duo rallied to win and take the 3-0 advantage. The duration of the set remained on serve until Barte and Burdette delivered one final break to take the second 6-2.
"I'm proud of Alexa and Courtney for the season they've had," Mainz added. "They've done a great job leading the team at the top of the lineup all year. They were not only playing for themselves, but also playing to give our entire team some confidence for next year."