Oct. 4, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
The women’s tennis doubles tandem of sophomore Courtney McLane and freshman Alexa Guarachi dropped an 8-5 decision in the third round of pre-qualifying Sunday at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. The Crimson Tide duo was ousted by the fourth-seeded pair of junior Morgan Frank and senior Elze Potgieter of Texas A&M.
“I have to give credit to Texas A&M,” said head coach Jenny Mainz. “They are a very savvy team and did a good job mixing things up. We had opportunities, but couldn’t take hold in those pivotal situations. However, I thought we did play a pretty good match overall. Texas A&M just did a better job making things happen on the bigger points.”
Despite falling in doubles, McLane will remain in Los Angeles for the qualifying draw of singles that is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 6. She will meet up with Arkansas junior Anouk Tigu in the opening round. In last season’s dual match against the Razorbacks, McLane defeated, then No. 97, Tigu 6-2, 6-1.
“Courtney is playing well right now and feels very confident,” said head coach Jenny Mainz. “Anouk Tigu is a very reputable player. This should be a great first-round matchup.”
Frank/Potgieter (TAMU) def. McLane/Guarachi (UA) 8-5