April 24, 2014
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
We have the happy assignment of working with our golf programs. Last weekend we saw our women's team crush the field in winning the Southeastern Conference Championship by 11 strokes. Our freshman Simin Feng won individual honors by a whopping eight strokes; her closing six-under 66 with six birdies, 12 pars and no problems or drama was a masterpiece we will not soon forget. We should also keep in mind that last semester this team produced a cumulative 3.65 grade point average, a department best.
Football season ticket sales are running well ahead of 2012 when we had a 16-year high water mark and also had a similar SEC home schedule.
Collectively we have such high expectations of our baseball team that when for a few weeks we appear mortal there is a "sky is falling" mentality among some fans. Nobody, nobody has higher expectations than our great head coach but some among us have to realize in a super-competitive SEC sport as baseball that a team simply can't be expected to dominate every series or go 26-3 in conference play every year. This is a sport in which a batter that fails to get a hit seven times in 10 at bats makes the Hall of Fame!
We expect to be hosting the NCAA Women's Tennis Regionals May 9-10 and find out for certain next Tuesday. We hope to host the men's regional as well but the odds are longer there. We had an estimated 600 fans watch our guys beat No. 1 seeded Georgia when we hosted the recent SEC Championship and those fans were treated to a fantastic display of high-level college tennis.