Sept. 18, 2009
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -
The women’s tennis team roped in three singles wins on the first day of play at the 34th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic which is being held at the Western Racquet Club. Freshman Alexa Guarachi and seniors Paulina Bigos and Alice Tunaru each picked up victories against opponents from Wisconsin.
“I was encouraged today because I thought we had to really work our way into those wins and find a way to get it done,” said head coach Jenny Mainz. “We struggled, but I was pleased to see how they kept themselves in a good place to get back into the match.”
After dropping her first set 4-6, Guarachi stormed back to take the second frame 6-4 and eventually won the match with a 10-6 decision in the super tiebreaker over Badger senior Katya Mirnova. Bigos’ match was just as close but was decided in two sets with the Tide netter earning a 7-6, 6-4 win over Wisconsin sophomore Aleksandra Markovic. Tunaru also had a battle on her court with the match being decided in a breaker. Badger junior Jessica Seyferth took the first set 6-3, but it was Tunaru coming back to win the match by scores of 6-4, 10-4. Sophomore Taylor Lindsey also competed but fell in two sets to Wisconsin sophomore Angela Chupa. Chupa was up 5-0 in the first set, and Lindsey came back to send the frame into a tiebreaker that eventually went in favor of Chupa. The Badger netter would win the second by a score of 6-4 to take the match.
In addition to singles, the Tide competed in a duo of doubles matches with both resulting in a loss for the Crimson and White. Guarachi and Lindsey partnered together to take on Marquette juniors Rachel Hush and Christina Ruiz where the Golden Eagle pair came out on top 8-5. Marquette sophomores Paola Calderon and Olga Fischer teamed up for an 8-3 win over Bigos and Tunaru.
“Our doubles thus far leaves much to be desired,” explained Mainz. “We did not get in the matches early and did not execute fundamentals. We’re going to have a tough time with doubles if we can’t make serves and first shots. We’ve got to do a much better job of taking care of that tomorrow from the start.”
Alabama hits the courts Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (CST) with doubles before competing in singles at 11:00 a.m. (CST). The tournament wraps up on Sunday.
Rachel Hush/Christina Ruiz (MU) def. Alexa Guarachi/Taylor Lindsey (UA)
8-5 Paola Calderon/Olga Fischer (MU) def. Paulina Bigos/Alice Tunaru (UA) 8-3
Alexa Guarachi (UA) def. Katya Mirnova (UW) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6
Paulina Bigos (UA) def. Aleksandra Markovic (UW) 7-6, 6-4
Angela Chupa (UW) def. Taylor Lindsey (UA) 7-6, 6-4
Alice Tunaru (UA) def. Jessica Seyferth (UW) 3-6, 6-4, 10-4