Jan. 26, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
The 23rd-ranked women's tennis team was picked to win the SEC Western Division title by league coaches in the annual preseason poll, which was announced on Thursday. The Crimson Tide swept the votes in the West, receiving all 72 possible points, as the poll is based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 count in each division.
Alabama returns the bulk of its lineup from a season ago and adds a pair of talented newcomers in freshmen Yasmeen Ebada and Emily Zabor.
Three Tide players enter the season ranked in singles, including sophomore Mary Anne Macfarlane (No. 13), junior Alexa Guarachi (No. 43) and senior Courtney McLane (No. 104). In doubles, Macfarlane and Guarachi come in at No. 17.
Alabama will begin the 2012 dual match season on Saturday when it takes part in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Tide is slated to take on No. 15 Texas in Nashville, in the first round at 10 a.m. CT. Alabama will then take on either No. 17 Vanderbilt or No. 30 Arizona on Sunday. Should the Tide win both matches, it will advance to the ITA Team Indoor Championships.
2012 Women's Tennis Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Florida (72 points)
2. Georgia (60 points)
3. Tennessee (41 points)
4. Vanderbilt (39 points)
5. South Carolina (26 points)
6. Kentucky (14 points)
1. ALABAMA (72 points)
2. Mississippi (55 points)
3. Arkansas (48 points)
4. LSU (37 points)
5. Auburn (26 points)
6. Mississippi State (14 points)
Overall Regular Season Champion: Florida