April 2, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Frances Altickwas named the Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, Wednesday morning, as announced by the SEC office. The sophomore was an instrumental part of the wins over sixth-ranked Alabama and No. 20 Auburn.
"Frances (Altick) is one of the most improved college tennis players in the country," said head coach Geoff Macdonald. "She has been a huge part of our team this season, playing key matches anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4. There is no doubt in my mind that she as the most heart of any of our student-athletes here at Vanderbilt."
Altick was a huge part of the Commodores' win over the Crimson Tide. Partnered with Marie Casaresin doubles, the Vandy duo picked up a quick 8-2 win over 42nd-ranked Zabor/Perez. The win led to Vanderbilt clinching the doubles point and handed the Tide just their third doubles loss of the season.
The Monroe, La., native faced off against No. 57 Erin Routliffe of Alabama at No. 3 singles. After dropping the first set 5-7, Altick fought back to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-4, and clinch the match. The win over ranked Routliffe was Altick's fourth ranked win of the season, improving to 4-1 against ranked foes.
Altick once against won doubles alongside Casares against the 20th-ranked Auburn Tigers. The duo has now won four-straight doubles matches in SEC play and is 8-1 on the year.
Against Auburn's Paula de Man, Altick cruised to a 6-0 first set win and was at 4-4 in the second set when the match was clinched.
Altick is 25-6 on the year, and with one dual win over the weekend, improves to 14-3 in dual play. The sophomore has been consistent for the `Dores in SEC play, holding a record of 7-1.
Altick and the `Dores continue play this weekend against No. 28 Kentucky at noon on Saturday, April 5.