March 19, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing in its final non-conference match of the year, the Vanderbilt women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon.
Lauren Mira and Keilly Ulery dropped an 8-3 decision in the No. 3 match, before Rachael Dillon and Alex Leatu evened things up with a 9-7 win in the No. 1 match. Chelsea Preeg and Jackie Wu were unable to hold off Sasha Krupina and Elizabeth Kilborn, falling 9-7 in the No. 2 match.
Mira evened up the score with a straight-set victory in the No. 4 match. Georgia Tech reclaimed the lead with consecutive wins on courts five and one. Dillon jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the No. 5 match, but fell in the second and third sets to Kilborn. In the No. 1 match, Leatu lost both sets in the tiebreaker.
The Commodores won the next two singles matches to tie the score at 3-3. Ulery defeated Lynn Blau, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) on court six and Preeg picked up a 6-3, 7-6(4) win in the No. 2 match. Preeg has now won 11 consecutive matches dating back to Jan. 29.
With the No. 3 match left to decide the outcome of the match, Wu and Georgia Tech’s Caroline Lilley split the first two matches, 6-4, 0-6 before playing to a 6-6 tie in the third set. Lilly capitalized in the tiebreaker, winning 7-5 to pick up the match victory for the visitors.
The Commodores return to conference play next weekend when the team travels to Auburn on Friday and hosts Alabama on Sunday. Live stats will be available on vucommodores.com.