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ATHENS, Ga. -- Representatives from the Vanderbilt tennis teams went undefeated on day one of the 2017 NCAA Singles Tournament, hosted by the University of Georgia, May 24-29.
On the men's tennis side, No. 43 Daniel Valent opened his second consecutive NCAA singles tournament with a first round victory over Columbia's No. 57 Victor Pham. Valent earned the win in three sets, rebounding after dropping his initial set against the sophomore Tiger, 4-6. The Commodore rebounded, only allowing Pham two additional games for the victory, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The NCAA tournament win was the junior's first on the big stage, after falling in the first round last season to Benjamin Lock. Valent moves on in tournament play, facing Virginia's 9-16th seeded Thai-Son Kwiatkowski tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. CT. Kwiatkowski defeated Oklahoma's Julian Cash 6-4, 6-4 for a spot in the round of 32.
Sydney Campbell of the fourth-ranked women's tennis team kicked off her third NCAA tournament with a straight set victory over Georgia Tech's Rasheeda McAdoo.
"I thought I played really well today," Campbell reflected, "especially in the first set, but then we had the rain delay and had to move inside and Rasheeda really likes playing indoors so it took a little bit of adjustment. But I thought I did a good job of just staying calm and finding a way to fight through it."
The Commodore out of Franklin, Tenn. limited her 48th-ranked opponent to five games in her 6-2, 6-3 victory. The win was Campbell's 30th of the 2016-17 season, and 106th overall (106-49). Campbell (9-16 seed) advances to play a familiar foe in Arkansas' No. 45 Shannon Hudson tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT.