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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The second-ranked Vanderbilt women’s tennis team looks to begin competition in the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday at 3 p.m. as the top-seed in the draw.
The Dores look to play the eighth-seeded No. 21 LSU Tigers in quarterfinal action at the Currey Tennis Center. Acting as host school, Vanderbilt has seen four teams eliminated thus from the tournament with no upsets.
After clinching the SEC regular season title against Florida, 4-2, on Sunday, Vanderbilt begins tournament play as the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. VU boasts a 17-5 overall record, going 12-1 in SEC play. For the win over UF, the Commodores moved from No. 5 to No. 2 in the Oracle/ITA poll. Nine SEC teams join Vandy in the ITA top-25.
VU heads into postseason play with four ranked singles players and doubles teams. Astra Sharma continues to lead the SEC in the singles poll, remaining at No. 4 in the nation. Sydney Campbell follows the Aussie at No. 11. With a victory over No. 40 Kourtney Keegan, Fernanda Contreras enjoyed a nice boost in the latest rankings from No. 91 to No. 69. Christina Rosca rounds out individual rankings, at No. 96.
In doubles, Sharma and Emily Smith are now the No. 3 duo in the nation. Contreras and Rosca debut in the latest poll at No. 73. Rosca/Sharma are ranked 73rd, with Sharma and Emma Kurtz following at 85th.
Heading into Friday’s match, LSU owns a 14-9 overall record, having advanced in tournament play after knocking off Texas A&M in a 4-3 Thursday night thriller.
The Tigers have two ranked singles players in No. 22 Jade Lewis and No. 66 Joana Valle Costa. In doubles, Valle Costa teams up with Ryann Foster as the 23rd ranked team in the nation.
Vanderbilt swept the Tigers 4-0 on April 9 in regular season play. The Dores jumped out to take the doubles point with 6-2 victories on courts two and three. The sweep was completed in singles play with Vandy taking courts one, four and six in straight-sets, only allowing their opponents three games or less on all three courts.