Vandy Women's Tennis No. 16 in first poll
Jan. 3, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's tennis team will start the 2014 spring season ranked No. 16, as was released by the ITA late Thursday. In addition, five members of the team were recognized in the singles and doubles rankings.
The Commodores begin the season in the top 20 for the fourth time in the past seven years and are one of six Southeastern Conference schools to start the year in the top 25 this season. The defending SEC Champion Florida Gators are ranked second in the opening poll, just behind top ranked Stanford.
"It is an honor to get national recognition right at the beginning of the season," said VU head coach Geoff Macdonald. "It is great that our peers view us at this level, we want to improve on this. It is our goal to be elite and play for national championships."
As a team Vanderbilt finished the 2013 fall season 64-33 in singles play and 28-14 in doubles play.
The 'Dores were led by sophomore Georgina Sellyn who finished the fall 13-4, and opens 2014 as the 48th-ranked singles player. Sellyn's ranking jumps up 23 spots from her preseason rank, due in part to her winning the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships. The Scotland native made an appearance at the ITA National Indoor Championships, making it to the consolation quarterfinals.
Freshman Sydney Campbell jumped right into the mix for the Commodores seeing her first collegiate action in the fall. She finished 8-3, and was 3-1 in matches against ranked opponents. Campbell will start 2014 at No. 78 in singles.
Ashleigh Antal will go into the spring season as the 102nd-ranked singles player after finishing the fall 11-3.
Antal and Campbell went 7-1 in doubles play in the fall and will open the season as the No. 28 ranked doubles team.
Lauren Mira will start 2014 at No. 61 in singles play, dropping 10 spots from her preseason ranking. Mira finished the fall season 6-4, going 1-1 against ranked players.
After being ranked No. 6 in preseason doubles, Mira and Courtney Colton will go into the dual season as the 36th-ranked doubles team.
"I'm proud and pleased these girls got national recognition," said Macdonald. "There are a few girls who in my opinion deserve to be ranked, but we view this from a team perspective. We play a challenging schedule and our players are going to have many opportunities for good wins this season."
The Commodores will get the spring season going on January 17 with the Miami Invitational, a three-day hidden dual tournament in Coral Gables, Fla. From there Vandy will head to Lincoln, Neb., for the ITA Kick-off Weekend.
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