McLane and Lindsey to play for doubles draw finals on Saturday
CARY, N.C. – The Alabama women’s tennis team had a strong showing on day one at the Duke Fab Four Invite, collecting a combined six wins on Friday. Three of the Crimson Tide’s victories came in doubles, while the remaining three wins were picked up in singles.
“It was a good start to the season,” said Alabama head coach Jenny Mainz. “I feel like we have something to build on for the tournament. I was encouraged by what I saw, and I really like the progression on how we are building points. We are not just competing well, but the girls are implementing their game. We need to continue to get better as we move through the weekend and take advantage of the opportunities we have here.”
In doubles, seniors Courtney McLane and Taylor Lindsey picked up a pair of 8-5 victories, first against Illinois junior Rachael White and senior Amy Allin then against William & Mary sophomores Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans, to advance to the finals of their draw on Saturday. Junior Alexa Guarachi and sophomore Mary Anne Macfarlane won their opening round doubles match against juniors Nazari Urbina and Sun Wen of Texas A&M before being tripped up in the second round by Mississippi junior Kristi Boxx and senior Abby Guthrie.
Macfarlane and McLane both dominated their respective opponents in singles taking the matches in straight sets by scores of 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0, respectively. Guarachi found herself down 7-6, 4-0, but battled back to beat Belaya 6-4, 6-4 in the final two sets to advance in the main draw. Lindsey won her first set 6-3 against sophomore Hanna Mar before the Duke netter came back to take the match after winning the next two sets 7-6, 6-1. Junior Antonia Foehse also competed for the Tide on Friday dropping a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Purdue freshman Lynda Xepoleas.
Matches resume on Saturday at the tournament, starting with the final round of doubles at 8 a.m. CT.