No. 12 Vanderbilt set for Memphis and Pepperdine
Feb. 20, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 12th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team is set to play at home for the first time this season, as it welcomes both Memphis and Pepperdine to the Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores will face the 32nd-ranked Tigers in their home opener on Friday at 3 p.m. before facing No. 26 Pepperdine on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt (5-3) is coming off a weekend sweep of No. 18 Baylor and No. 17 Texas. As a result the `Dores jumped three spots to No. 12 in this weeks ITA team rankings.
The bottom of Vandy's singles lineup continues to be its strength, as the Commodores are 21-7 in dual play from No. 3 on down. Positions two and three in doubles also continue to be a strength as they have combined for a 10-3 dual record. Vanderbilt is 5-0 when winning the doubles point this season.
Marie Casares has been the anchor at the bottom of the Vandy singles lineup. The junior from Quito, Ecuador is currently riding a 10-match win streak and is a perfect 6-0 in dual play.
No. 31 Memphis (6-2) comes into Nashville on a four-match win streak. The Tigers are in the midst of a four-match road trip, so far taking down both No. 40 TCU and No. 75 SMU.
Memphis has only faced one top 20 opponent this year. The Tigers fell 4-1 to No. 3 North Carolina in the Chapel Hill ITA Kick-off regional final, earlier this year.
Stefanie Mikesz is the lone Memphis Tiger in the rankings. The senior from Germany is 5-3 on the year at the No. 1 position and will come to Nashville tied for 99th in the ITA individual rankings. 38th-ranked Alyssa Hibbard and Caroline Wegner have led the Tigers going 4-3 at the No. 1 position.
Pepperdine (4-2) will make its 2,000 mile trip to Nashville after having its four-match win streak snapped Wednesday, against No. 2 UCLA. The Bruins shut out Pepperdine for just the first time this season.
Lorraine Guillermo, for the Waves, comes in as the 23rd-ranked singles player in the country. She sits at 4-3 this year at No. 1 singles, falling just shy of an upset of No. 2 Robin Anderson of UCLA.
Following this weekends matches the Vanderbilt women will open conference play against Arkansas and LSU in Nashville.
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