Jan. 27, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After opening the 2010 dual season with consecutive wins, the Vanderbilt women’s tennis team will look to continue its momentum this weekend as it travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to participate in the second annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Commodores (2-0) will be one of four teams playing at the regional event, joining No. 30 Texas, No. 27 TCU and No. 11 Tennessee.
The teams are seeded one through four with Tennessee holding the No. 1 seed followed by Vanderbilt at No. 2. TCU is the third seed while Texas is seeded fourth.
Ranked 21st,Vanderbilt will face 27th-ranked TCU at 8 a.m. CT on Friday while top-seeded Tennessee will meet fourth-seed Texas at 1 p.m. The winners of the two matches will meet in the championship on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the losers will play in a consolation match at 8 a.m.
The ITA Kick-Off weekend consists of 15 regional sites across the country where the winner of each regional will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.
Last season the Commodores went 1-1 in the Kick-Off weekend as they blanked Wake Forest, 6-0 before falling to Fresno State in the championship at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville.
VU opened its season with a pair of 6-1 wins over No. 60 Colorado and No. 49 Denver in mile-high altitude conditions in Colorado. Catherine Newman, Chelsea Preeg, Keilly Ulery and Erica Robertson all went a perfect 2-0 in singles last weekend to lead the ‘Dores. Vanderbilt dominated its opposition in doubles play last weekend as well, winning all five matches.
A Closer Look at TCU
The 27th-ranked Horned Frogs have yet to play a dual match this spring after winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament title a year ago. TCU has made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances and returns six players from last year’s team. TCU is led in singles by 2009 All-American Nina Munch-Soegaard and 67th-ranked Kayla Duncan. The Horned Frogs also have two teams ranked in doubles led by No. 17 Megan Alexander and Duncan.
A Closer Look at Tennessee
Tennessee enters this weekend with a 2-0 record and ranked No. 11 in the latest ITA poll. The Lady Vols edged No. 33 Illinois, 4-3 last Saturday before pulling out a tight 4-3 win over East Tennessee State on Sunday. UT is led by the nation’s top-ranked doubles team of Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota. The Lady Vols have two players ranked in the latest ITA singles poll; No. 6 Whoriskey, No. 51 Maria Sorbello.
A Closer Look at Texas
Texas arrives to Knoxville coming off a 6-1 win over Rice in their season-opening dual match on Jan. 23. Texas won five of the six singles matches over the Owls after winning two of the three doubles matches. The Longhorns top three singles players are all ranked (No. 22 Aeriel Ellis, No. 27 Krista Damico, No. 59 Vanja Corovic), while their No. 1 doubles pair of Amanda Craddock and Krista Daminco is ranked 27th.