Sept. 11, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
The women's tennis team completed day one of the Fall SEC Coaches Classic picking up four wins along the way. The tournament, which is being held at Vanderbilt University, continues tomorrow and finishes on Sunday.
"We got a lot of matches in today which was good for us," said head coach Jenny Mainz. "We competed hard in all of them and gained valuable match experience. That is the key for us right now. We need match play. We need opportunities to problem solve in pressure situations."
On the first day of play, the team competed in two rounds of doubles and individuals in one round of singles.
Doubles saw three wins for the Tide, one of which came from the team consisting of sophomore Courtney McLane and Freshman Alexa Guarachi. The pair defeated sophomore Kate Lukomskaya and freshman Kelsey Sundaram of Arkansas 8-2 before suffering an 8-3 loss to Tennessee senior Zsofia Zubor and junior Rosalia Alda. Also representing Alabama in doubles was the tandem of junior Paulina Bigos and sophomore Taylor Lindsey. Bigos and Lindsey picked up a pair of 8-2 wins on the day with the first coming against Kentucky senior Christine Johnston and sophomore Minnette Pienaar. They followed that up with a win versus Commodore senior Hannah Blatt and junior Keilly Ulery.
In the first round of singles, McLane retired at 2-2 in the second set to Vanderbilt senior Catherine Newman. Newman won the first set 7-5. Guarachi was tested early in her freshman campaign as her first set against sophomore Whitney Wolf of LSU went into a tiebreak. Guarachi ended up on the winning end taking the set 7-6(3) and finished off the match in the second with a 6-4 victory. Paulina Bigos faced off with Tennessee junior Maria Sorbello where the Tide junior fell 6-3, 6-1. Sophomore Taylor Lindsey also met up with a Lady Volunteer opponent in senior Zsofia Zubor. Zubor won the first set 6-4 and followed that up with a 7-5 win in the second. Last up, senior Alice Tunaru dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to South Carolina junior Miki Jocic.
"This is an evaluation tournament for us," added Mainz. "We will identify things we need to tackle. The key is to compete effectively, compete hard and improve."
The Tide hits the court tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (CST) for the final round of doubles followed by one round of singles.
Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (UA) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) 8-2
Zsofia Zubor/Rosalia Alda (UT) def. Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (UA) 8-3
Taylor Lindsey/Paulina Bigos (UA) def. Christine Johnston/Minnette Pienaar (UK) 8-2
Taylor Lindsey/Paulina Bigos (UA) def. Hannah Blatt/Keilly Ulery (VU) 8-2
Catherine Newman (VU) def. Courtney McLane (UA) 7-5, 2-2, ret.
Alexa Guarachi (UA) def. Whitney Wolf (LSU) 7-6(3), 6-4
Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-3, 6-1
Zsofia Zubor (UT) def. Taylor Lindsey (UA) 6-4, 7-5
Miki Jocic (SC) def. Alice Tunaru (UA) 6-1, 6-1