WT opens 2009 at Michigan Invitational

Jan. 15, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The No 12-ranked Vanderbilt women’s tennis team travels north to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend to partake in the seventh annual Michigan Invitational Jan. 17-19 at the Varsity Tennis Center. Joining Vanderbilt in the three-day event include (No. 9 Duke, No.19 Michigan and No. 24 Tennessee). Each team will play three rounds of doubles and three rounds of singles over the course of the weekend.

The Commodores enter the 2009 campaign coming off its 11th consecutive Sweet 16 appearance under current head coach Geoff Macdonald. Although the Commodores had to replace two-time ITA All-American Amanda Taylor and the school’s all-time singles wins leader Taka Bertrand, the cupboard is still stocked full.

In the off-season, Macdonald and assistant coach Aleke Tsoubanos brought in one of the best recruiting classes in country and it led to instant success this past fall.

Heading into the season opener, five Commodores find themselves ranked in the ITA singles rankings. The five ranked players ties Georgia for the most in the Southeastern Conference.

The ‘Dores are led in the rankings by freshman standout Jackie Wu at No. 21. Wu is coming off an impressive fall season where she defeated four top-100 players en route to a team high 13 fall wins. Junior Catherine Newman is ranked No. 55 in the singles play after going 12-5 in the fall. Newman joined Wu with four wins of her own over top-100 players.

Freshman Chelsea Preeg and sophomore Keilly Ulery enter the spring campaign ranked No. 80 and No. 84 respectively while senior Courtney Ulery is ranked 105th.

A listing of each day’s events is listed below. Live scoring and video of Michigan Invite will be available courtesy of MGoBlue.com.

Michigan Invitational Schedule of Play

Saturday, Jan. 17
10 a.m. Singles -- Duke vs. Tennessee
1 p.m. Doubles -- Duke vs. Vanderbilt, Michigan vs. Tennessee
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. Vanderbilt

Sunday, Jan. 18
10 a.m. Singles -- Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
1 p.m. Doubles -- Duke vs. Tennessee, Michigan vs. Vanderbilt
Singles to follow -- Duke vs. Michigan

Monday, Jan. 19
9 a.m. Singles -- Duke vs. Vanderbilt
12 p.m. Doubles -- Duke vs. Michigan, Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. Tennessee

Format of Play
Points will be allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value to determine the champion (singles and doubles) at the end of the weekend.
Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point



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