Jan. 31, 2013
NASHVILLE – In a tough battle of two top-25 teams, No. 21 Vanderbilt knocked off the 14th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, 4-2, Thursday night at the Currey Tennis Center.
The season is young and this year’s Vanderbilt squad is young, but that doesn’t seem to faze the Commodores, who are now 3-0 on the year after a hard fought win over a talented Northwestern (2-1) squad.
“Northwestern is a great team,” said Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald. “I think Lauren (Mira) winning at No. 1 (singles) against an All-American, Kate Turvy, was important. Frances (Altick) just played a beautiful match. I was impressed with our whole team.”
The match came down to singles at positions No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 and two freshmen delivered for Vanderbilt.
In a tough three-set match at the No. 4 position, Georgina Sellyn came away with a win for the Commodores to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 lead. The Glasgow, Scotland, native defeated NU’s Brittany Wowchuk, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Sellyn improved to 8-2 overall this season with her victory.
After dropping the first set (No. 3 singles) to Belinda Niu, 4-6, Courtney Colton fought back to win the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-3, clinching the match for Vanderbilt. Colton, a Davie, Fla., native improved to 13-3 on the season, which is a team-best.
Northwestern took the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. No. 42 Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton defeated Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles. In No. 3 doubles, Niu and Kate Turvy took down Sellyn and Frances Altick, 8-4.
Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares ran their dual record in doubles to 3-0 after defeating Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett, 8-4, for the lone Vanderbilt doubles victory. Antal and Casares were down 4-1, before winning the final seven games.
Fresh off SEC Player of the Week honors, Mira continued her stellar play. Playing in No. 1 singles, Mira defeated No. 67 Turvy, 6-4, 6-3. The Baton Rouge, La., native is 5-1 in singles competition this spring.
At No. 2 singles, Northwestern’s (Veronica) Corning defeated Casares, 7-6(3), 6-1, to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Just minutes later, Altick evened up the score, 2-2, after her win in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
The Commodores have a quick turnaround as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face No. 22 Georgia Tech on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.
1. Lauren Mira (Vanderbilt) def. No. 67 Kate Turvy (NU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Veronica Corning (NU) def. No. 91 Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) 7-6(3), 6-1
3. No. 102 Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. Belinda Niu (NU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Georgina Sellyn (Vanderbilt) def. Brittany Wowchuk (NU) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
5. No. 115 Frances Altick (Vanderbilt) def. Alicia Barnett (NU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Ashleigh Antal (Vanderbilt) vs. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) 6-1, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
1. No. 42 Abu Mushrefova/Hamilton (NU) def. Colton/Mira (Vanderbilt) 8-5
2. Antal/Casares (Vanderbilt) def. Corning/Barnett (NU) 8-4
3. Niu/Turvy (NU) def. Altick/Sellyn (Vanderbilt) 8-4