Women's Tennis has Four in Preseason ITA Rankings

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Mary Anne Macfarlane
Mary Anne Macfarlane

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's tennis team was well-represented in the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Preseason poll, placing two on the singles list and two in the doubles rankings. Junior Mary Anne Macfarlane and senior Alexa Guarachi came in at No. 10 and No. 36 in singles, respectively, while the two also combined to rank 17th in the doubles poll. Joining Macfarlane and Guarachi in doubles is senior Antonia Foehse and sophomore Yasmeen Ebada, who stand at No. 47.

Macfarlane, who earned ITA All-America status as a sophomore last season, has been the Crimson Tide's No. 1 player in singles since she arrived on campus. In 2012, she led the Crimson Tide in singles wins with 34, breaking the single season record for most victories by a player at the No. 1 position.

Guarachi, a two-time All-SEC First Team selection, won 30 singles matches in 2012 and added another 27 in doubles. She was the Tide's most successful singles player in Southeastern Conference action, compiling a 9-1 record against league foes. Guarachi also became part of the winningest doubles team in program history last season with Courtney McLane.

Macfarlane and Guarachi played most of the fall season together in 2011, collecting seven wins, two of which came against nationally-ranked opponents. The duo won the USTA/ITA Southern Regional doubles flight to advance to the National Collegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y.

Ebada and Foehse have yet to play together as a team, but both enjoyed successful doubles seasons last year with their respective partners. Ebada, who played primarily at the No. 3 doubles position, went 14-5 as a freshman, including a 12-5 mark in dual matches. Foehse went 27-9 as a junior, which included a 17-3 mark at the No. 2 doubles spot.

Alabama will open its 2012 fall slate next weekend when it plays at the Duke Fab Four Invite in Cary, N.C. Matches will begin on Friday, September 14, and conclude on Sunday, September 16.