April 4, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The eighth-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team will play its final home match of the regular on Saturday at noon, against No. 28 Kentucky. The match will be the final home regular season match for lone senior Lauren Mira. The Commodores honored Mira Friday evening prior to the match.
Mira, a native of Baton Rouge, La., has an 80-50 singles record and 88-50 doubles record so far in her career with the Commodores. She was named Second Team All-SEC has a sophomore and is a three-time SEC Academic Honor roll recipient. Mira led the `Dores in wins as both a sophomore (28) and a freshman (29) and was a two-time NCAA Doubles Championship qualifier, making it to the sweet sixteen as a sophomore with partner Jackie Wu.
"It just hasn't hit me yet that my career is coming to a close here," said Mira. "I hope that when my time here is done that I am remembered as a great teammate and a someone who is a role model for doubles players."
This season Mira is 11-12 in singes and 17-9 in doubles so far in the 2014 season. As of recently Mira has teamed up with sophomore Courtney Colton at the No. 1 doubles position. The duo is 5-0 in dual play and 3-0 in SEC play.
The match against Kentucky will close a five-match home slate. The `Dores have posted a perfect record through the first four matches and have won 13 of their last 14 matches.
Over the course of the home stand Vandy has taken down two top 10 teams in Georgia and Alabama and has posted one shutout, against No. 20 Auburn.
In conference play this season, the Commodores have posted a 24-4 singles record and 10-4 doubles record when playing at the Currey Tennis Center. At singles positions two, three and four Vanderbilt is 15-0 when playing at home.
Despite going unfinished last time out against Auburn, junior Marie Casares' 21-match win streak is still alive. The Quito, Ecuador native has been an instrumental part of the success this season for the `Dores, she's taken down two-straight ranked opponents in the wins over No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 Alabama.
Kentucky comes into Nashville with a 5-5 record in SEC play. The Wildcats have been on a skid as of late dropping four of their last five matches.
Nadia Ravita comes in as the lone UK player in the singles rankings at No. 65 and Kelsey Dieters and CeCe Witten come in as the only doubles team in the rankings at No. 74.