The exclamation mark on the day came as Kurtz and Rosca defeated the top doubles team in the nation.
The Commodores have enjoyed recent success Riviera ITA’s, as Astra Sharma represented the black and gold in last year’s main draw semifinals.
Freshmen and first-year SEC student-athletes were eligible
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Sydney Campbell, Astra Sharma and Emily Smith were honored as 2017 ITA All-Americans on Thursday.
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• 2017 All-American (Doubles)
• No. 1 overall seed of NCAA Doubles Tournament
2016-17 (Sophomore): Women’s tennis’ 13th All-American, and she teamed with Sharma to earn All-America status… Earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA doubles tournament, the first Vandy pairing to achieve the feat… Smith/Sharma earned a career-high ranking of No. 1 in the nation… Rice transfer made second-straight NCAA doubles tournament in 2017… Tandem boasted a 7-2 SEC record at the number one doubles position.
Emily Smith will be joining the Commodores this spring after a fantastic year at Rice University.
“Emily was a top-100 in the world junior, who went to Rice and had a very good first year,” said Macdonald. “Ironically, she played against us in our NCAA round of 32 match against Rice and played a very good match against Astra Sharma. After the NCAA tournament we found out that she was looking to transfer. Emily came out on a visit, and we liked her very much. She’s a superb student and a player with tremendous upside.”
During her freshman campaign, Smith clinched Rice’s fourth-consecutive Conference USA championship. Playing primarily at No. 3 in her debut season, the Birmingham, England native capped her time with the Owls amassing an 11-7 record in dual action (10-7 on court three).
Ranked 48th in doubles with Katherine Ip, the pair earned two top-15 wins, defeating the Commodores’ own then-No. 14 Colton/Campbell and Baylor’s then 10th-ranked Shankle/Generette. The duo closed out the season with an 18-6 (14-5) overall record.
Smith qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship along with Ip and dropped a tough three-set match to UCLA's Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, 5-7, 7-5, 5-10.
Juniors: Attended Highclare School in Birmingham... Finalist in the British U 18 Championships and reached a career-best ITF Junior ranking of 98... Named the Worcestershire County Player of the Year in 2013.
Personal: Full Name: Emily Paige Smith... Born: August 21, 1997 in Birmingham, England...Parents: James and Tracy Smith, Birmingham...One sister... Father played college basketball at College of New Jersey as well as professionally the BBL in England from 1982-1999.