March 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 11 Vanderbilt women's tennis team hits the road again for a weekend tilt in the Magnolia State. The Commodores will face No. 38 Ole Miss Friday at 3 p.m., before taking on No. 61 Mississippi State Sunday at 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt (10-4, 3-1 SEC) is coming off a weekend split with Missouri and Texas A&M. The `Dores shutout Mizzou to notch head coach Geoff Macdonald's 500th career win. On Sunday the Commodores lost 4-2 to the Aggies.
The doubles point has been the key for Vanderbilt so far in 2014. In all 10 of Vandy's wins, the Commodores jumped out to an early lead winning doubles. On the other hand, in all four of the Commodore losses they have failed to secure the doubles point.
Vanderbilt features four ranked doubles teams in the most recent ITA rankings. The `Dores are led by No. 30 Ashleigh Antal and Sydney Campbell. Behind Antal and Campbell are No. 33 Courtney Colton and Marie Casares, No. 38 Colton and Lauren Mira and No. 49 Mira and Georgina Sellyn.
The Commodores have posted an overall record of 58-31 in doubles this year.
Casares will look to extend her nations best 16-match win streak this weekend. Last weekend the junior went 2-0, picking up both wins out of the No. 6 position. Casares is 12-0 in dual play going 2-0 at No. 4, 6-0 at No. 5 and 4-0 at No. 6.
Ole Miss (7-4, 1-3 SEC) is coming off a 6-1 win over VCU on Wednesday. Despite being 1-3 in conference play, the Rebels have posted a 6-1 record when playing in Oxford.
The lone ranked singles player for the Rebels is No. 124 Caroline Rohde-Moe who has posted a 15-11 record this season. Rohde-Moe is 5-3 in dual play and is 2-0 when playing at the No. 1 position.
Mississippi State (9-5, 1-3 SEC) will face No. 24 Kentucky on Friday before facing the `Dores on Sunday. State is coming off its first conference win against Tennessee.
The Bulldogs have had success at the top of their lineup with No. 65 Georgina Patrasc and Alexandra Perper. The two have combined to post a 15-3 dual record, playing at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.