April 17, 2013
NASHVILLE – Eighteenth-ranked Vanderbilt is set to begin the 2013 SEC Tournament Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. CT versus the winner of No. 42 Kentucky and No. 64 LSU, hosted by Mississippi State at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre in Starkville, Miss.
The Commodores enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed after putting together a 14-10 overall record and 7-6 mark in the SEC. Kentucky makes its way to Starkville as the No. 11 seed and has a record of 13-11 overall and 4-9 in conference play, while LSU brings an overall record of 8-15 and 1-12 SEC mark as the No. 14 seed.
The Commodores defeated LSU in the conference opener, 7-0, in Baton Rouge, La., and Kentucky, 5-2, in Lexington, Ky., just a little over a week ago. The winner of Vanderbilt’s match with LSU or Kentucky will advance to face No. 3 seed Florida on Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
Last Time Out
No. 18 Vanderbilt went 1-1 over the weekend with a win over No. 27 South Carolina, but fell to No. 2 Florida. The Commodores defeated South Carolina, 6-1 on Friday and lost 4-1 to the Gators on Sunday. After Sunday’s loss, Vanderbilt wrapped up the regular season at 14-10 overall and 7-6 in the SEC. The Commodores were able to win the doubles point versus the Gators on Sunday to record the lone point of the match. No. 21 Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira teamed up to take down No. 17 Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen, 8-4 in No. 1 doubles, while Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn defeated Danielle Collins and Brianna Morgan, 8-5 in the No. 3 position.
Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt is 1-1 all-time in the SEC Tournament versus LSU and 3-1 versus Kentucky. In the SEC Tournament, Vanderbilt is 2-2 all-time as the No. 6 seed. The last time Vanderbilt was the No. 6 seed was in 1997 when VU fell in the second round to Ole Miss. The Commodores have reached the championship match twice, which was in 1996 and 2004 where they fell to Florida both times. Vanderbilt is 21-23 in the SEC Tournament all time. Last year the Commodores fell in the second round to Ole Miss.
- Mira and Sellyn are both ranked in the ITA Singles Rankings at Nos. 59 and 91, respectively.
- Mira and Courtney Colton are the 10th-ranked doubles team in ITA Doubles Rankings.
- Antal is a team-best 17-4 in dual play and 10-3 in SEC play.
- Five Commodores (Altick, Antal, Casares, Colton and Sellyn) have at least 20 wins on the season.
- Vanderbilt is one of 12 schools that have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the top 25.
About No. 14 seed LSU (8-15, 1-12)
LSU wrapped up its regular season against No. 49 Arkansas Saturday and faced a 6-1 loss. Senior Keri Frankenberger scored the Lady Tigers’ lone point against the Razorbacks with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez on court five. The duo of Frankenberger and Wilson held a tight competition against Arkansas’ Claudine Paulson and Sarah McLean in court two doubles, but their match was left unfinished after the Razorbacks clinched the match on courts one and three. No. 123 Kaitlin Burns took on 46th-ranked Yang Pang in the top spot, and freshman Ella Taylor continued her run in the No. 2 spot against 78th-ranked Claudine Paulson.
About No. 11 seed Kentucky (13-11, 4-9)
Kentucky wrapped up the regular season with a 4-3 win over No. 27 South Carolina at home on senior day. The win was Kentucky's first victory over a top-30 team this year and finalized the Wildcats' record at 13-11 on the year. Kentucky took two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point and singles wins from Nadia Ravita, Stephanie Fox and Caitlin McGraw sealed the Kentucky win.
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Vanderbilt will take the court next in NCAA Regional action beginning May 10-12 at campus sites to be announced after conference tournaments.