Alabama Women’s Tennis Hosts Rare Match with U.S. Junior National Team Wednesday
Crimson Tide one of only three institutions to play nation’s best
“We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to host the U.S. Junior National Team,” said head coach Jenny Mainz. “The fact that we are afforded this opportunity is quite something. It is also an honor that we have the chance to showcase our beautiful campus and outstanding facilities to this group of up-and-coming tennis stars. They’re a talented junior team, and it should be a great, competitive match.”
Unlike the usual fall tournament format, Wednesday’s match will be played in dual-match fashion beginning with two sets of doubles matches followed by six singles pairings.
The Junior National Team is sending eight of the top junior players from across the nation to compete against the Crimson Tide. All eight players are Blue Chip recruits who rank in the top 10 nationally in their respective graduating classes. The team is composed of five sophomores, including four of the top five sophomores in the nation, and three juniors.
The sophomores are led by Lauren Davis, who is the top-rated sophomore in the nation. The Gates Mills, Ohio native holds an impressive 78-5 record in junior play. Grace Min, currently the second-best sophomore in the country, has compiled a 32-15 overall record. She is a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., which is also the hometown of current Alabama sophomore Courtney McLane. Chanelle Van Nguyen is ranked No. 3 in the sophomore class. She is from Miami, Fla. and has an overall junior record of 24-13. Kyle McPhillips, hailing from Willoughby, Ohio, comes in as the No. 4 rated sophomore, and is second in the Great Lakes Region behind only Davis. Breaunna Addison, a native of Boca Raton, Fla., is ranked No. 8 in the sophomore class and holds a 41-12 overall record.
The juniors are led by Lake Forest, Ill. native Monica Turewicz. She is currently No. 2 in the junior class with a total record of 38-14. Lauren Herring, who hails from Greenville, N.C., comes in as the No. 5 junior in the nation. She is the top-rated junior in the Southeast Region and holds a 26-16 record. Emina Bektas is the seventh-rated junior in the U.S. She is from Indianapolis and is the top player from the state of Indiana. Bektas has compiled a junior record of 49-16.
Fans are encouraged to not only come out and support the Tide, but also to get a look at some of the best junior tennis players in the country. Admission to all Alabama tennis matches is free. The courts are located adjacent to the Alabama Softball Stadium.