April 29, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the first time since 2003 the men's and women's tennis teams at Vanderbilt have been selected to host first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Commodore women earned the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament, while the men will be the No. 2 seed in their regional, and will host No. 16 overall seed Columbia. Action will take place the Currey Tennis Center from May 9-11.
The ninth overall seeded women will host Georgia Tech, Purdue and Murray State, while the men will host the aforementioned Columbia Lions, Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State.
Vandy Women No. 9 Overall Seed
The Vanderbilt women's tennis team has now qualified for the NCAA Tournament field in each of the past 20 seasons. Head coach Geoff Macdonald as been at the helm for all 20 of those seasons and has amassed an overall record of 37-19 over which team he has led the team to including 13 sweet sixteens, three quarterfinals, two semifinals and one tournament final.
Vanderbilt will face No. 4 seed Murray State on Friday, May 9 at 1 p.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of Georgia Tech and Purdue on Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m.
This season marks the first time the Commodores will host the first and second round matches since 2008, a five year absence after hosting for 10-consecutive seasons. Vanderbilt is 20-0 when playing NCAA tournament matches in Nashville.
The Commodores will look to get back to the sweet sixteen for the first time since 2011 after putting together one of the more impressive regular season records in recent memory. Vanderbilt currently sits with an overall record of 19-6 and went 11-2 in the SEC during the regular season. Vandy's run in the SEC Tournament came to an end in the semifinals when the short-handed Dores fell to eventual tournament champion Georgia.
Vanderbilt was led this year by four All-SEC recipients. Frances Altick was named First Team All-SEC, while Marie Casares and Georgina Sellyn were named to the second team. Sydney Campbell was named to the All-Freshman team while also being named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year.
The SEC had 11 schools receive bids to the NCAA Tournament. SEC Tournament champion Georgia and SEC regular season champion Alabama were handed the one and two overall seeds, respectively. The conference had five of the top 10 overall seeds as Florida (8), Vanderbilt (9) and Texas A&M (10) rounded out the group.
Vandy Men To Host For Second Straight Year
The Vanderbilt men's tennis team earned a bid to host, despite not being one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. This marks the second-consecutive season the Commodores will host the first and second rounds and the first time they have done so in back-to-back seasons.
Vanderbilt will open play on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. against No. 3 seed Virginia Tech. The winner of that match will advance to play the winner of ETSU and Columbia on Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
It is the 13th season the Commodores have played in the NCAA Tournament and the sixth time under head coach Ian Duvenhage. Vanderbilt is 16-12 overall in the prestigious tournament and 4-6 under Duvenhage. Last season, Duvenhage led the Commodores to their third ever sweet sixteen and first since 2004.
This year Vanderbilt has put together an impressive resume, knocking off Tennessee for the first time since 2006 along with Florida and Georgia for the first time since 2004. The win over the Bulldogs sent the Commodores to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament also for the first time since 2004.
Vanderbilt heads into the national tournament with a record of 16-10 and went 5-7 against SEC opponents during the regular season.
The Dores are led by All-SEC honorees Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman. Austin was named the First Team for the second-consecutive year, while Lipman, named to the Second Team, will graduate receiving All-SEC honors in each of his four years.
Ten SEC schools earned a bid into the tournament, five of which acting as a host site for the first and second rounds. Joining Vandy as hosts are No. 8 seed Texas A&M, No. 14 seed Florida, No. 10 seed Georgia and No. 15 seed Kentucky.
Tickets will be available for fans the day of the event. Adult tickets are $5, youth and student tickets are $3 with children under two years of age getting in free of charge.