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Five representatives of the Vanderbilt women’s tennis team earned Ohio Valley regional honors.
The Dores face Cal or LSU on Friday at 3 p.m. CT in the program's 17th Sweet 16 appearance.
After downing No. 1 Florida, 4-3, the SEC tournament title is back on West End.
Women's tennis defeats South Carolina 4-1 (4/14/17)
WT NCAA Second Round action vs. Clemson (4-1). (5/13/17) Photos by Gabriella Karademos
Women's tennis defeats No. 1 Florida 4-2 for the SEC Reg. Season crown. Photos by Terry Wyatt (4/16/17)
Celebration shots from women's tennis' 2017 SEC Tournament Final over Florida, 4-3. Photos by Gabby Karademos (4/23/17)
No. 9 Vanderbilt women's tennis fell to No. 7 Ohio State, 5-2. (2/5/17) Photos by Gabriella Karademos
A five-star recruit out of Atlanta, Ga., Kurtz is ranked No. 14 in the nation, No. 5 in the Southeast and No. 1 in the state of Georgia by tennisrecruiting.net (6/22). Kurtz trained at the Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy and comes to Vanderbilt with a 63-13 juniors record. Against other five-star recruits, Kurtz holds a 30-4 all-time record and is undefeated against four and three star recruits.
“Emma is a superb athlete,” said head coach Geoff Macdonald “we think she’s going to be a tremendous player here at Vanderbilt. She sees the court really well, and I think that comes from a background in playing soccer. We saw her as one of the best players, top-five players in the class, so we’re thrilled to have her."
Graduating early to pursue her dreams of collegiate tennis, the 5’10” right-hander has met all NCAA standards and will bring athletic play to a strong Commodore lineup. After a fantastic showing in the Orange Bowl International Championships, the Vanderbilt coaching staff sees Kurtz bringing much needed power to the ‘Dores doubles play.
“I am extremely excited and grateful for the chance to enroll early in Vanderbilt,” said Kurtz. “The decision to attend college a year early will provide plenty of challenges not only on-court, but also in the classroom. I am looking forward to facing and overcoming these challenges. In addition, I can't wait to become part of an outstanding tennis program and improve my tennis game, become a great teammate, and learn infinite amounts of knowledge from my new coaches and teammates. Honestly, there is no other place I could imagine myself being for the next four years and the fact that I can start one year early is simply thrilling!”