May 21, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - NCAA tournament play will continue for the women's tennis team on Wednesday with the start of the singles championship where the Crimson Tide will be represented by Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane. The duo will also compete in the doubles championship, which will begin Thursday. All matches will be played at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Illinois.
Guarachi, currently ranked 36th in the nation, drew Columbia's Nicole Bartnik in the first-round matchup. The Tide senior will be making her third appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship and carries an overall record of 23-15 this season. Bartnik, the ITA's Northeast Region Senior of the Year, is ranked 73rd in singles and helped the Lions earn a share of their first Ivy League title this season.
Macfarlane, the No. 34 singles played in the nation, will take on seventh-seeded Gina Suarez-Malaguti of North Carolina in the round of 64. As Alabama's No. 1 singles player for the past three seasons, Macfarlane will be making her third-straight showing in the NCAA Singles Championship. She enters tournament play with 17 wins on the season, eight of which have come against nationally-ranked foes. Suarez-Malaguti, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, boasts a 26-8 overall record.
In doubles first round action, top-eight seed Guarachi and Macfarlane are slated to face No. 27 Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt of Purdue. The Tide's No. 1 duo has been ranked seventh or higher all season in the national poll and enters tournament play with a 24-9 record. Kapitany and Schmidt also played at the No. 1 position for their team, compiling a 15-4 mark together. Their biggest win of the season came in 8-5 fashion against the then-No. 2 team in the nation in Michigan's Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas.
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