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Team USA Picks up Seven wins against Alabama Women’s Tennis
Crimson Tide swept by nation’s top juniors
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s tennis team was unable to pick up a win Wednesday in its exhibition matchup against the United States Tennis Association Girls Junior National Team. Despite the sweep, the Crimson Tide was honored to have the opportunity to play the nation’s best juniors as it was one of only three teams selected.
“I have to give credit to the USTA Girls Junior National Team,” said head coach Jenny Mainz. “They are a well-coached, intelligent team. They are crafty with their shots and are able to make adjustments on the fly. They did a great job structuring points and are just an all-around solid, disciplined team.”
The No. 1 matchup was first off the court in doubles with the Team USA pairing of Monica Turewicz and Lauren Herring taking the 8-2 win. The juniors pair won five-straight games to open the match before Alabama sophomore Courtney McLane and freshman Alexa Guarachi broke to put up their first point. Guarachi and McLane would hold to set the score at 7-2 before Turewicz and Herring closed out the match on their serve.
On court two, Team USA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen and Kyle McPhillips jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Tide pair of senior Paulina Bigos and sophomore Taylor Lindsey was able to win its first game. From that point on, Alabama won an addition three games to pull in front 4-3. Following a quick tie at 4-4, the duration of the match saw six break points to send it into a tiebreaker. Team USA would end up coming out on top taking the 7-5 win in the breaker.
In singles, USA got its first win at the No. 5 spot where Breaunna Addison picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tide junior Meritt Emery, who is playing her first match of the season coming off an injury. Next off the courts was the No. 4 pairing of USA’s Turewicz and Alabama senior Alice Tunaru where the junior netter earned the 6-1, 6-2 victory. In the first set Turewicz got in front early with a 4-0 lead that helped her to finish off the set. In the second, Tunaru opened with a break and stayed within striking distance early, but Turewicz won the final four games for the match win. The third singles win for the juniors came from Van Nguyen at No. 2 where, after falling to Bigos 6-3 in the first set, commanded back to take 6-0 wins in sets two and three.
On court one, USA’s Lauren Davis went up a break in the third game and never looked back tallying in a 6-1 win in the set against Guarachi. The Tide netter would not go away easily, and hung with Davis right until the end of the second. A break midway through the set would prove to be pivotal as Davis secured the match win with a 6-4 victory in the frame. The final win for USA was earned by McPhillips at the No. 3 spot with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Lindsey. The Alabama sophomore stayed with McPhillips in the beginning of both sets before the junior made her break late in the frames.
“The fact that we had this opportunity to play the Girls Junior National Team was great experience for us,” added Mainz. “We had an opportunity to showcase both our team and our university. It was wonderful for us to play a team of this caliber.”
The Tide returns to the courts Nov. 6 when it heads to the Seminole Tennis Classic. The three-day tournament is being held in Tallahassee, Fla.
1. Turewicz/Herring (USA) def. McLane/Guarachi (UA) 8-2
2. Van Nguyen/McPhillips (USA) def. Bigos/Lindsey (UA) 8-7(5)
Order of Finish: 1,2
1. Lauren Davis (USA) def. Alexa Guarachi (UA) 6-1, 6-1
2. Chanelle Van Nguyen (USA) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-0
3. Kyle McPhillips (USA) def. Taylor Lindsey (UA) 6-3, 6-2
4. Monica Turewicz (USA) def. Alice Tunaru (UA) 6-1, 6-2
5. Breaunna Addison (USA) def. Meritt Emery (UA) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5,4,2,1,3