March 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 7 Vanderbilt women's tennis team will continue Southeastern Conference play this weekend with road matches against Missouri and No. 10 Texas A&M. The `Dores will face Mizzou, Friday March 7 at 5 p.m., and then travel to College Station to face the 10th-ranked Aggies on Sunday at noon.
Vanderbilt (9-3, 2-0 SEC) is coming of a perfect 4-0 home stand, and picked up two wins last weekend to open SEC play. The Commodores are on a six-match win streak dating back to their weekend sweep of Baylor and Texas.
Head Coach Geoff Macdonald is on the verge of winning his 500th career match. Macdonald, who has been coaching for 26 years in Division I women's tennis, came into this season with a record of 490-180. Macdonald has been at Vanderbilt for 20 of his 26 years as a head coach, he started his career at LSU for three seasons before heading to Duke for another three.
Four Commodores reached the 20 win mark over the weekend after big wins over Arkansas and LSU. Marie Casares leads the team with 22 wins and has posted a perfect 10-0 record in dual play.
Georgina Sellyn picked up her 21st win this past weekend while playing at No. 1 singles. She is 21-10 on the year. Both Frances Altick and Ashleigh Antal reached 20 wins with a perfect 2-0 weekend over Arkansas and LSU.
The Commodores head into Missouri to face the Tigers who are coming off a 2-8 road trip. Mizzou opened conference play last weekend with losses to South Carolina and Florida. The Tigers are 2-0 this year when playing in Columbia, Mo., with wins over Saint Louis and SIUE.
After its match with the Tigers, Vanderbilt will head to College State, Texas for its match with the 10th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
Texas A&M (7-3, 1-1 SEC) has returns home this week after spending last weekend on the road to begin conference play. The Aggies are 1-1 in SEC play, defeating South Carolina and picking up a road loss at Florida. A&M is a perfect 4-0 when playing at the Mitchell Tennis Center this season.
The Aggies have three players currently ranked in the ITA singles rankings, led by No. 15 Cristina Stancu. Also in the rankings are Saska Gavrilovska (No. 57) and Anna Mamalat (No. 118).