Vanderbilt set for NCAA first round
May 8, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 10th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team is set for NCAA tournament play as the No. 9 overall seed and host of the first and second round action. The Commodores will faced Murray State in their first round match on Friday, May 9 at 1 p.m at the Currey Tennis Center.
Vandy (19-6) is the No. 1 seed in the Nashville regional and faces the Racers who are the No. 4 seed. Second-seeded Georgia Tech (13-9) will face No. 3 seed Purdue (12-10) on Friday at 10 a.m. The winners of each first round match will face off in the second round, on Saturday at 4 p.m., with a trip to the sweet 16 on the line.
Vanderbilt earned its 20th-consecutive NCAA tournament bid this season, hosting the first and second rounds for the first time since 2008. The Commodores had never earned a trip to the NCAA tournament until head coach Geoff Macdonaldtook over in 1995. Under Macdonald, Vanderbilt is 37-19 in NCAA postseason play, including 20-0 when playing in the Music City.
The Commodores have 13 round of 16 appearances, including a stretch of 11-straight between 1998-2008. Vandy has also reached the quarterfinals three times, semifinals twice and was the national runner-up in 2001.
Vandy is led by four All-Southeastern Conference selections. Frances Altick was named to the First Team, Marie Casares and Georgina Sellyn were named to the Second Team and Sydney Campbellwas named to the All-Freshman team. Campbell also received Co-Freshman of the Year honors.
Vanderbilt has drawn Murray State as its first round matchup three times (2001, 2002 and 2007), earning the shutout each time.
Murray State comes to Nashville as the only automatic qualifier, winning the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers finished their year with a 16-5 record and went 9-1 in OVC play. This is the fifth NCAA tournament bid for MSU.
The Racers are led by three All-OVC selections in Andrea Eskauriatza, Eleonore Tchakarova and Megan Blue.
The Vanderbilt men's team opens the NCAA tournament on Saturday against Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
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