WT concludes first day of Furman Classic

Sept. 26, 2009

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team recorded six singles wins and went a combined 2-2 in doubles play to conclude the first day of the Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C. Due to rain scheduled for Saturday, the tournament format was modified so each player competing in the event played two singles matches and one doubles match Friday.

Vanderbilt’s Jackie Wu and Chelsea Preeg led the Commodores in Greenville Friday as they both went 2-0 in singles play to advance to the finals of their respected draws. Wu, who is competing in the second flight, posted straight set wins over Lauren Kline of Furman and 34th-ranked Katrina Tsang of North Carolina. The Holmdel, N.J., native will now face Tennessee’s Maria Sorbello in the second flight final.

Preeg pushed her fall record to a perfect 5-0 Friday with consecutive set wins over Mattie Saari-Bystrom (USC) and 84th-ranked Natalie Pluskota (Tennessee). The sophomore from Naples, Fla., will meet Florida State’s Francesca Segareli in the championship match of her draw.

Keilly Ulery improved her fall record to 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Furman’s Michele Stanford while VU’s Erica Robertson took down Brooke Mosteller of Furman in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-2. Robertson’s two singles matches Friday marked the first time she has competed in a tournament or dual match since the beginning of February last season.

On the doubles side, Vanderbilt’s team of Preeg and Wu picked up an impressive 8-2 win over Northwestern’s Stacey Lee and Lauren Lui. Preeg and Wu are now 3-1 in doubles action this fall. Hannah Blatt and Megan Gornet registered the other Vanderbilt doubles win Friday as they edged Florida State’s duo of Francesca Segareli and Bonny Davidson 9-7.



A recap and results of Saturday’s action from the Furman Fall Classic will be posted on vucommodores.com following the day’s events.

Friday, September 25 Results
Flight One
No. 9 Josipa Bek (Clemson) def. No. 46 Catherine Newman (VU)  6-2, 2-6, 6-2
No. 12 Sanaz Marand (UNC) def. No. 46 Catherine Newman (VU)  6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Flight Two
No. 38 Jackie Wu (VU) def. Lauren Kline (Furman)  6-0, 7-6(7)
No. 38 Jackie Wu (VU) def. No. 34 Katrina Tsang (UNC)  6-2, 6-2

Flight Three
Chelsea Preeg (VU) def. Mattie Saari-Bystrom (South Carolina)  6-3, 6-3
Chelsea Preeg (VU) def. No. 84 Natalie Pluskota (Tennessee)  6-2, 6-2

Flight Four
Kata Szekely (Tennessee) def. Keilly Ulery (VU)  6-4, 6-1
Keilly Ulery (VU) def. Michele Stanford (Furman)  6-0, 6-3

Flight Five
Amy Sargeant (Florida State) def. Hannah Blatt (VU)  6-4, 6-2
Jelena Durisic (UNC) def. Hannah Blatt (VU)  6-1, 6-4

Flight Six
Adriana Pereira (South Carolina) def. Heather Steinbauer (VU)  6-4, 6-4
Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. Heather Steinbauer (VU)  2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Flight Seven
Elena Chernyakova (Northwestern) def. Erica Robertson (VU)  6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Erica Robertson (VU) def. Brooke Mosteller (Furman)  6-1, 6-2

Flight Eight
Jennifer Stone (UNC) def. Megan Gornet (VU)  6-1, 6-1
Oliva Maurice (Furman) def. Megan Gornet (VU)  6-4, 6-2

Doubles Results
Flight One
Bek / Hadziseljimovic (Clemson) def. Newman / Steinbauer (VU)  8-6

Flight Two
Wu / Preeg (VU) def. Lee / Lui (Northwestern)  8-2

Flight Three
Szekely / Sorbello (Tennessee) def. Ulery / Robertson (VU)  8-2

Flight Four
Blatt / Gornet (VU) def. Segareli / Davidson (Florida State)  9-7

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