Women's Tennis Hosts Roberta Alison

The Alabama women's tennis team will host the 24th installment of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic Friday and Saturday. Matches will be played at The University of Alabama Tennis Stadium and the University of Alabama Student Recreation courts.

Alabama will be represented by juniors Alexa Guarachi and Antonia Foehse and freshman Emily Zabor. They will all compete in singles, while Foehse and Zabor will team up in doubles.

The annual tournament is named after one of the pioneers in collegiate women's tennis. Roberta Alison was the first woman to compete on a varsity men's team at Alabama after a 1963 decision by the Southeastern Conference that allowed women to compete on men's varsity teams. This was the first step toward opening the door for women's varsity athletics by the SEC member schools.

During her time at Alabama, Alison claimed the prestigious Blue Gray championship four times and the Southern Tournament championship three times. She was inducted into the Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in Williamsburg, Va., and in 1988, she was one of three inaugural inductees into the University of Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame.

In last year's tournament, Alabama had six players compete coming away with 10 wins. Three of the wins were earned in doubles, while the remaining seven came in singles play.

Other teams participating in the tournament include Auburn, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Chattanooga, Georgia State, Alabama - Huntsville, Troy, West Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Northwestern State, Samford, Houston, North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi and UAB.

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