April 15, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn women's tennis team (5-16, 1-9 SEC) will wrap up its regular season Saturday as the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a meeting with in-state rival No. 23 Alabama.
This rivalry has been played close over the last ten years with both teams picking up five wins and no team having a win streak longer than two matches. Last year's match ended in a 4-3 Auburn loss at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The match was decided on court four when current Alabama player Antonia Foeshe defeated current Tiger Caroline Thornton, 6-4, 6-3.
"We need to bring our absolute best effort focus and intensity to Tuscaloosa Saturday," said Auburn head coach Tim Gray. "It has been a crazy year across the nation in terms of results, so if we play hard, anything can happen."
The Crimson tide are 14-5 (7-3 SEC), giving them a current ranking of No. 23 in the nation. The Tigers will be looking to end Alabama's current win streak of seven matches.
Alabama freshman Mary Anne Macfarlane (9-7, 5-5 SEC) and Sophomore Alexa Guarachi (13-6, 9-3 SEC) are the Tide's ranked players at No. 33 and No. 89, respectively. Guarachi and Courtney McLane (13-4, 6-4 SEC) are the No. 10 ranked doubles team in the nation, while Antonia Foeshe and Macfarlane are ranked at No. 80 (14-1, 9-1 SEC).
Last weekend the Tigers went 1-1, defeating Mississippi State 5-2 on Friday before falling to Ole Miss, 4-0, on Sunday. The win over the Bulldogs was the first SEC victory of the season for the Tigers.
Action at Alabama is set to begin at 5 p.m., Saturday. Fans can follow all the action with live stats at AuburnTigers.com.