VU earns 19th NCAA Tourney bid
April 30, 2013
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt women’s tennis will be making its 19th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament with first round action against Indiana Friday, May 10 in Clemson, S.C., at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
The Commodores enter as the No. 2 seed in the Clemson Regional and will face No. 3 seed Indiana. The winner will advance to take on No. 1 seed and host Clemson (No. 13 overall seed) or No. 4 seed Eastern Kentucky. Last season Vanderbilt fell in the second round to Southern California. Times have not been announced for any of the matches.
The Commodores enter the tournament ranked 18th in the most recent ITA rankings after posting a 15-11 mark this season, including a 7-6 record in the SEC.
Two players are ranked in the ITA singles rankings, led by junior Lauren Mira at No. 58, while freshman Georgina Sellyn ranks 95th. In doubles, the Commodores boast the 13th-ranked duo of Mira and Courtney Colton.
Five of the six Commodores in the lineup have at least 20 wins in singles this year. Colton and Ashleigh Antal are tied for the team lead with 23 overall wins. Antal posted a team best 18-5 mark in dual play, while going 10-3 in the SEC. Sellyn and Frances Altick each have 22 overall singles victories, while Marie Casares has 20.
Indiana makes the NCAA Tournament after posting an 18-9 overall record, including a 6-5 mark in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers finished the regular season ranked No. 38 and have two players in the ITA singles rankings. Katie Klyczek leads the way at No. 103, while Leslie Hureau ranks 110th.
Like Vanderbilt, the Hoosiers have five players with 20 or more singles victories this season. Sophie Garre leads the team with an overall record of 27-8 after going 21-4 during the dual season.
The other first round match featuring Clemson (14-7) and Eastern Kentucky (19-6) will take place either before or after the VU-IU match.
The winner of the Clemson Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Urbana, Ill., hosted by the University of Illinois from May 16-27.
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