Women’s tennis downs Tulane

CW Staff

BIRMINGHAM – The women’s tennis team battled past No. 67 Tulane 4-0 on Sunday at the Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion on the campus of Samford University. With the win, the Crimson Tide evens its record at 7-7, while the Green Wave drops to 8-8 on the season.

Doubles action began in Alabama’s favor, with the Tide claiming early breaks on courts two and three to seize control, as freshmen Alexa Guarachi and Antonia Foehse held off sophomore Lindsay Dvorak and freshman Emma Helisten 8-6. The freshman tandem raced out to a 4-1 lead only to have Dvorak and Helisten take a break lead at 6-5. Guarachi and Foehse were able to break for 6-6 and take the final two games of the match as well.

Courtney McLane kept the momentum in the Tide’s favor in singles play, picking up a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 2 position over Levy. She let her play dip slightly in the second set, allowing Levy to fight back from a 2-0 hole to even the score at 2-2, but she got back on track to win the final four games of the match.

At the No. 1 spot, 39th-ranked Guarachi battled through a tough opening set to take it 6-4, only to have Kurdadze pick up her level of play to win the second 6-4. Kurdadze took an early break lead in the final set, but Guarachi was able to break back. With Kurdadze serving at 4-5 in the third, Guarachi got on top in the rallies with her big return game and broke, winning the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to give Alabama the 4-0 victory.

Next up, the Tide jumps back into conference play with a home match against Vanderbilt. Alabama and the Commodores will face off on Friday at 3 p.m.