No. 8 Alabama outlasts 24th-ranked Tennessee in 4-2 victory
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Eighth-ranked Alabama collected a 4-2 victory against No. 24 Tennessee on Friday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improved to 18-3 on the season and 10-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Lady Volunteers dropped to 11-9 overall and 7-5 in the league.
Alabama dominated in doubles, picking up a pair of 8-3 wins on courts one and two to take the 1-0 lead heading into doubles. First to finish was the matchup on court two where the Tide’s Antonia Foehse and Maya Jansen, ranked 84th in the nation, topped Sarah Toti and Mimi Fotopoulos. Alabama’s No. 5 duo of Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane followed, taking down the fourth-ranked duo of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely on court one.
Emily Zabor gave Alabama its first point of the match in singles, beating Toti on court six 6-0, 6-2. Williams then got Tennessee on the board as she topped Jansen 6-1, 6-4 on court three. Natalia Maynetto won her 10th consecutive match, this time coming from court five, as she cruised past Tiffany Tavares 6-1, 6-2. Next to finish was the matchup on court two, where the Lady Vols’ Szekely outlasted Macfarlane 7-5, 6-2, setting the overall score at 3-2 in favor of the Tide. In her first match of the season at No. 1 singles, Guarachi clinched the victory, knocking off 21st-ranked Boren 6-2, 5-7, 6-0.