April 23, 2014
Complete List of SEC Honors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four members of the Vanderbilt women's tennis team received 2014 All-Southeastern Conference accolades Wednesday afternoon, as announced by the conference office. Frances Altick was named to the All-SEC First Team, while Marie Casares and Georgina Sellyn were named to the Second Team. Freshman Sydney Campbell was selected as a Co-Freshman of the Year and named to the All-Freshman team.
"I'm extremely proud of Frances (Altick), Marie (Casares), Georgia (Sellyn) and Sydney (Campbell)," said Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald. "This team has worked so hard this year, I couldn't be more proud of the effort they all give day-in and day-out. These individuals have bought into what we wanted to do this season and they've been a huge part of our success."
Vanderbilt's four honorees were tied for second most with Florida. SEC regular season champion Alabama led the way with five student-athletes receiving All-Conference awards. Highlighting the field was Player of the Year Lauren Herring from Georgia, Coach of the Year Jenny Mainz from Alabama, Scholar-Athlete of the Year Mary Anne Daines from Alabama and joining Campbell as Co-Freshman of the Year Erin Routliffe of Alabama. The voting was conducted by all 14 of the leagues head coaches.
Campbell is the second Vanderbilt women's tennis player and first since Taka Bertrand in 2005 to be named SEC Freshman of the Year. After sitting out the start of the dual season with an injury, Campbell came back and put up a 7-3 record in SEC matches and host posted six wins against ranked opponents this season. The freshman from Franklin, Tenn. clinched the 4-2 win over No. 3 Georgia by knocking off No. 21 and SEC first-teamer Maho Kowase.
In doubles, Campbell was paired alongside Ashleigh Antal for the majority of the season. The duo defeated National Indoor champs Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech to jump as high as No. 28 in the ITA doubles rankings. As an individual Campbell has posted 14 doubles wins this season.
Altick was named as one of 12 first-teamers after posting an overall record of 28-7 and an SEC record of 9-1. The Monroe, La. native worked her way up the lineup, starting the year at No. 4 singles and making it all the way to No. 1 singles for SEC Tournament. Altick goes into the NCAA Tournament ranked at No. 53 in singles by the ITA.
Altick jumped into the rankings after defeating 15th-ranked and fellow first-teamer Silvia Garcia in Vanderbilt's 4-2 win over third-ranked Georgia. The Vandy sophomore finished SEC play with a record of 6-2 against ranked opponents, going a perfect 5-0 against ranked foes in SEC regular season play.
Casares has put together one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory. Picking up wins at two, four, five and six for the Commodores, the junior for Quito, Ecuador has amassed a singles record of 31-6, stringing together an NCAA best 21-straight wins from October 27 to April 5. Casares finished dual play with a record of 19-2 and went 10-1 in SEC regular season matches. Casares' 31 singles wins match the Vanderbilt school record for single season singles wins.
On top of her impressive singles record, Casares has also posted a team best 27 doubles wins bringing her combined season total to 58 wins. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Vandy junior is four wins shy of matching the combined wins single season record set by Audra Falk in 2004.
Sellyn, playing primarily out of the No. 1 position this season, has posted a 24-15 overall record. The sophomore is tied for the team best six wins against ranked opponents, including beating No. 32 and All-SEC first-teamer Pleun Burgmans of Auburn. Sellyn won the 2013 Ohio Valley Regional tournament and earned a bid to the ITA National Indoor Championship.
Vanderbilt will await the announcement of the NCAA regional sites on April 29. The Commodores, currently ranked No. 10 by the ITA, have hopes of hosting the first and second rounds in Nashville for the first time since 2008.