April 4, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou tennis team hosts a pair of Southeastern Conference foes this weekend in St. Louis. The No. 49 Tigers face No. 7 Alabama on Friday, April 5 at Noon and No. 23 Auburn on Sunday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center, weather permitting. Prior to Sunday's clash, Mizzou will honor senior Maria Christensen for her contributions to the Tiger tennis family.
Due to a marathon in the area Sunday morning, entrance to Forest Park will be limited to Hampton Avenue. Fans who arrive before 11 a.m. must park at Boathouse Forest Park and walk to the tennis center. After 11 a.m. all roads will be open to traffic.
If that matches are moved indoors, Friday's clash will move to 2 p.m. at the Sunset Tennis Center. Sunday's match will remain at 11:30 a.m. but move to Kings Point Tennis Club in Belleville, Ill. Missouri is offering a free roundtrip bus trip to Sunday's match. The bus will depart Mizzou Arena at 8 a.m. and will return to Columbia at approximately 4:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. Anyone interested in attending should contact Lorraine Rodriguez at email@example.com
The Tigers enter the weekend 9-8 overall and 2-7 in SEC action. The team is coming off a 4-3 upset of No. 23 Tennessee in St. Louis on Sunday. Mizzou trailed 3-1 but won the final three singles matches to clinch the victory.
Alabama, ranked seventh, boasts records of 16-2 overall and 8-1 in SEC play. Four players clock in in the ITA singles rankings: Mary Anne Macfarlane (26), Alexa Guarachi (56), Maya Jansen (84) and Natalia Maynetto (113). Additionally, Macfarlane and Guarachi are ranked sixth in the doubles rankings.
The Auburn Tigers come into the weekend 15-5 overall and 5-4 in SEC action. Pleun Burgmans is ranked 36th nationally and she and Plamena Kurteva combine to form the 26th-ranked doubles team in the country.