Jan. 30, 2013
NASHVILLE – Fresh off two wins during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, No. 25 Vanderbilt faces another top-15 team on Thursday versus No. 14 Northwestern in the home opener for the Commodores at the Currey Tennis Center. Admission is free.
The match versus Northwestern will begin at 2 p.m. It was originally scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
Vanderbilt (2-0) is coming off two victories in Oxford, Miss., where the Commodores clinched a birth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Feb. 8-11. The Commodores defeated No. 27 Illinois (4-1) and No. 28 Yale (4-1) to earn a trip to Charlottesville, Va. No. 102 Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira each played great in Oxford in helping Vanderbilt pick up two wins. Colton went 2-0 in singles, including wins over the 31st and 52nd-ranked players in the country in Yale’s, Blair Seideman and Illinois’, Allison Falkin, respectively. Mira recorded wins over Rachael White of Illinois and No. 42 Elizabeth Epstein of Yale to finish 2-0 over the weekend. Colton and Mira then teamed up to go 2-0 in doubles with a win over Illinois’ No. 11 White and Melissa Kopinski. Georgina Sellyn clinched the win over Yale with her three-set victory.
The Wildcats enter Nashville ranked No. 14 in the ITA Rankings and 2-0 on the season. Like Vanderbilt, Northwestern qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Northwestern received a tough match from No. 38 Arkansas, who was looking to pull the upset in the first round. The Wildcats were able to overcome the Razorbacks by a final score of 5-2, setting up a showdown with Big Ten rival Purdue. The 26th-ranked Boilermakers took the doubles point, but it was Northwestern who was able to dig deep in singles play, getting straight-set victories at the top four singles positions to defeat Purdue 4-2. The Wildcats are led by Kate Turvy, who owns a 10-4 record this season and is the only NU player ranked in singles at No. 67. No. 42 Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton team up in doubles and currently sport a 10-3 record.
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The Commodores have a quick turnaround as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face No. 22 Georgia Tech on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.