March 27, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With just five matches left in Southeastern Conference play the 10th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team is set to face unbeaten Alabama on Friday, before facing Auburn on Sunday. The Commodores will face the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide at 3:30 p.m., and the No. 20 Auburn Tigers at 1 p.m., at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville.
For Vanderbilt, Alabama will be the second-straight unbeaten team it will face, after defeating previously unbeaten Georgia, Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center. The win over the Bulldogs was the first for the Commodores since 2006.
Bama comes in to the Music City with a 15-2 overall record, and sits alone at the top of the SEC standings with a perfect 7-0 record. The Tide are coming off the program's first ever win over national powerhouse Florida, defeating the Gators 4-3 in Tuscaloosa, last weekend.
The win over the Gators led to the Crimson Tide sweeping the SEC weekly awards.
The 20th-ranked Auburn Tigers have quietly put together a solid season, as they come into Nashville on Sunday, two days removed from a match against Kentucky. To date, the Tigers have put together a record of 15-4 overall with a record of 5-2 in SEC play. The only two conference losses for the Tigers have come at the hands of Alabama and Florida.
The Commodores have done nicely themselves through eight conference matches. Currently, Vandy is one of just three one-loss teams in the SEC, with its only loss coming on the road at then-ranked No. 10 Texas A&M. The Aggies, now up to No. 8 in the ITA poll, join VU and Georgia in a three-way tie for second place.
Vanderbilt had a big week in the ITA rankings as it has five singles players and four doubles teams gaining national recognition.
Sophomore Frances Altick makes her 2014 debut in the ITA singles poll at No. 67 this week, after posting an overall record of 24-6, including 13-3 in dual play. This is Altick's highest ever ranking and has already eclipsed her win total (18) from a season ago.
Also receiving a career best singles ranking this week is freshman Sydney Campbell, who on Sunday, clinched the match against No. 3 Georgia by defeating 21st-ranked Maho Kowase. Campbell who had previously been as high as 78 is up to 68 in this weeks rankings.
As always, admission to matches at the Currey Tennis Center are free regardless of wether they are played indoors or out.