April 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The eighth-ranked women's tennis team (17-3, 9-2 SEC) will play its final two home matches of the regular season this weekend against No. 24 Tennessee (10-8, 7-4 SEC) and No. 4 Georgia. Friday's match against the Volunteers will begin at 3 p.m. CT and will serve as the Crimson Tide's annual Power of Pink match, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota, while Sunday's match against the Bulldogs is slated for 1 p.m. CT. Prior to the match, seniors Antonia Foehse and Alexa Guarachi will be recognized for their careers at The Capstone.
Alabama split its matches last weekend, sweeping the Missouri Tigers 4-0 before falling to then-No. 4 Texas A&M in a heartbreaker, 4-3. Alabama had the pedal to the metal the entire match against the Tigers, cruising to an early 1-0 lead in doubles, which was followed by a trio of wins in straight sets in singles. Guarachi would clinch the win, marking her 102nd career singles victory to make her the winningest singles player in Tide history. On Sunday, the Tide battled for the doubles point but came up short, winning two of the four singles matches. Natalia Maynetto continued her dominance on court six, moving to 9-0 in SEC action.
Alabama currently has four players ranked nationally in singles in No. 29 Mary Anne Macfarlane, No. 62 Guarachi, No. 102 Maya Jansen and No. 116 Maynetto. The Tide also boasts the No. 5 and No. 84 doubles teams in the nation with the duos of Guarachi and Macfarlane and Jansen and Foehse.
Tennessee has won its last two matches, defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 4-3 and the LSU Tigers, 4-0. The Lady Volunteers currently have two players ranked nationally in singles in No. 21 Brynn Boren and No. 36 Kata Szekely. The two also form the No. 4 doubles team in the nation.
The Bulldogs have won seven matches in a row, including two 7-0 victories last weekend over LSU and Arkansas. They are led by No. 6 Lauren Herring, who is 12-3 on the season from the No. 1 singles position and has a five-match singles winning streak. Joining Herring in the national standings is Maho Kowase at No. 19 and Silvia Garcia at No. 88. Garcia and Kate Fuller are also ranked third in the nation in doubles.
Live scoring will be available for both matches and can be found on RollTide.com.