March 28, 2013
NASHVILLE – No. 19 Vanderbilt will look to put an end to its three-match losing streak with stops at No. 22 Auburn Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 8 Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
No. 19 Vanderbilt went 0-2 over the weekend with losses coming at No. 5 Georgia, 5-2, and at No. 28 Tennessee, 4-2. The Commodores (11-8, 4-4) have now lost three-straight matches. Freshman Georgina Sellyn went 2-0 over the weekend in singles and is 7-1 in SEC play. Sophomore Ashleigh Antal went 1-1 in the two matches and won her team-best 19th match of the season. Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira recorded the lone doubles victory over the weekend by taking down the third-ranked duo from Georgia, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, 8-6.
- Mira and Sellyn are both ranked in the ITA Singles Rankings at Nos. 61 and 83, respectively.
- Mira and Colton are the 18th-ranked doubles team in ITA Doubles Rankings.
- Antal is a team best 14-2 in dual play and 7-1 in SEC play.
- Sellyn also sports a 7-1 record in conference action.
- Frances Altick is second on the team with a 13-4 record in dual play and a 6-2 record in the SEC.
- The Commodores are 23-14 all-time versus Auburn and have won 21-straight in the series.
- Vanderbilt is 21-17 versus Alabama all time.
- Vanderbilt is one of 11 schools that have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the top 25.
About No. 22 Auburn (14-4, 4-3)
No. 18 Auburn lost two away matches over the weekend, first losing to No. 49 South Carolina, 5-0 and then falling to No. 2 Florida, 4-0. The Tigers stand at 14-4 overall on the season and 4-3 in the SEC. Auburn has a 3-4 record on the road. The Tigers are still undefeated at home with a 11-0 record. The South Carolina tandem of Jaklin Alawi and Dominkia Kanakova clinched the doubles point against Auburn’s No. 54 duo of freshman Pleun Burgmans and senior Plamena Kurteva at the top spot ending the Tigers’ streak of 15- straight doubles victories. South Carolina took four singles matches. No. 51 Burgmans lost to No. 1 Lauren Embree ending her unbeaten streak in conference play. The Gators took three other singles matches and clinched the match 4-0. Burgmans is ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA Singles Rankings. Burgmans and Kurteva rank 26th in doubles, while Jen Pfeifler and Jackie Kasler rank 46th.
About No. 8 Alabama (14-2, 6-1)
Alabama split a pair of SEC matches last week, falling 4-1 at No. 2 Florida on Friday before beating South Carolina, 4-1, on Sunday. The Crimson Tide now stands at 14-2 overall and 6-1 against SEC opponents. In Friday’s loss to the Gators, Alabama rallied to take the doubles, point, winning 9-8(9) on court one. From there, however, the Gators would win four straight singles matches to take the team victory. Sunday’s match played out in exact opposite fashion for the Tide as the Gamecocks won the doubles point before Alabama took four straight wins in singles. Mary Anne Macfarlane leads four Crimson Tide in the latest ITA Singles Rankings at No. 26. Alexa Guarachi ranks 56th, Maya Jansen is 84th and Natalia Maynetto ranks 113th. Guarachi and Macfarlane are the sixth-ranked doubles team in the country.
Vanderbilt continues its five-match road trip with a final pit stop in Lexington, Ky., to take on Kentucky next Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. CT.