April 21, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. -
Senior Alexa Guarachi was one of six student-athletes named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Championship All-Tournament Team, which was announced at the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday. Guarachi becomes only the second member of the Crimson Tide to earn all-tournament honors, joining Taylor Lindsey, who made the team in 2012.
"Alexa has really elevated her game and has been the front runner on the court towards the end of the season," said Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz. "She hit a little bit of a rough patch at the beginning of the season, but worked through it, stayed the course and believed in herself. She continues to lead us and is very deserving of this honor."
In Friday's quarterfinal match against Tennessee, Guarachi and partner Mary Anne Macfarlane beat the fifth-ranked duo in the nation of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely to help win the doubles point, which would prove to be crucial in advancing Alabama in the tournament. Perhaps her biggest win of the season, however, came Saturday against third-ranked Georgia as she defeated No. 13 Maho Kowase, who had won 13-straight matches prior to the straight-set loss to Guarachi.
Joining Guarachi on the All-Tournament Team was Florida's Lauren Embree and Olivia Janowicz, who was also named MVP, Georgia's Kate Fuller and Lauren Herring and Texas A&M's Paula Deheza.