Nov. 16, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Head coach Jenny Mainz received letters of intent from Mary Anne Macfarlane and Alex Clay on Monday to join the Crimson Tide women's tennis team in 2010.
"Today is a significant day for our Alabama women's tennis program," said Mainz. "We are thrilled to have Mary Anne Macfarlane and Alex Clay join our Alabama family. We are optimistic about the future of our tennis program with their commitment to the Crimson Tide. They possess a championship mentality and are proven winners."
Macfarlane is a Blue Chip recruit from Ogden, Utah. She is currently the top-ranked player in the state of Utah, as well as the No. 1 player in the Mountain Region for the Class of 2010. Macfarlane also checks in at No. 14 in the national rankings for her class. She owns a combined junior record of 65-12, including an impressive 21-4 against 5-star recruits. She is the two-time defending high school state champion, earning High School All-American honors both years. Macfarlane has two older sisters who competed at the collegiate level, as Hadley played at BYU and Boise State and now serves as an assistant coach for the Broncos, and Lauren is currently a senior at Florida State. Lauren trains at the Eagleridge Academy under private coaches Brad Ferreira and father Garrett Macfarlane, while her mother Sam serves as coach of her high school team.
Clay is a Blue Chip recruit hailing from Grayson, Ga. She is ranked No. 2 in the state of Georgia and No. 8 overall in the Southeast Region for the Class of 2010. She also is currently the 20th-ranked player nationally in the Class of 2010. Clay has an overall junior record of 58-17, including an 18-6 record against 5-star recruits. She claimed the Girls' 18 Singles Draw of the 2009 USTA National Opens in Tallahassee, Fla. Clay trains at the Tennis Academy of the South under private coaches Gery and Jeff Groslimond.
"These two individuals bring much more than their talent as they acquire the character, integrity and spirit that we need at Alabama," added Mainz. "I'm convinced that Mary Anne and Alex will be instrumental in leading this program to new heights. They exhibit the work ethic, the positive mindset and confidence to make an immediate and profound impact in our Alabama women's tennis program. They are difference makers!"