May 9, 2013
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt begins NCAA Tournament play Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. CT in the first round versus Indiana in Clemson, S.C., at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
The Commodores enter the regional as the No. 2 seed, while Indiana is the No. 3 seed. Vanderbilt is 15-11 overall this season, while Indiana comes in with a record of 18-9. The winner will advance to Saturday’s second round match versus the winner of No. 1 seed and No. 13 overall seed Clemson and Eastern Kentucky at 12 p.m. CT.
Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament
The Commodores are making their 19th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament with all of them coming under current head coach Geoff Macdonald. Vanderbilt’s best run came in 2001 when the Commodores fell in the championship match to Stanford, 4-0. Last season, VU lost in the second round to Southern California. Of the 19 NCAA Tournament selections, Vanderbilt has 10 round of 16 appearances, three Elite Eights, two Final Fours and one runner-up. The Commodores are 36-18 all-time in the tournament. Vanderbilt and Indiana have met once in the NCAA Tournament with the Commodores coming away with a 4-0 win in 2010.
- Lauren Mira and Georgina Sellyn are both ranked in the ITA Singles Rankings at Nos. 63 and 95, respectively.
- Mira and Courtney Colton are the 12th-ranked doubles team in ITA Doubles Rankings.
- Ashleigh Antal is a team-best 18-5 in dual play and 23-9 overall.
- Five Commodores (Altick, Antal, Casares, Colton and Sellyn) have at least 20 wins on the season.
- Vanderbilt is one of 14 schools that have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the top 25.
- The Commodores are one of nine SEC schools to have both men’s and women’s tennis programs in the NCAA Tournament.
About No. 1 seed Clemson (14-7)
The Tigers will stay at home for the first two rounds with an at-large selection as the No. 13 National Seed. The bid marks Clemson’s 12th straight selection to the Tournament, and 21st all-time. The Tigers are 14-7 overall, and finished with a 9-2 record in the ACC, and are ranked 13th in the nation according to the ITA Poll. Sixteen of Clemson’s 21 matches this season came against teams who were selected to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have been selected to the NCAA Tournament in each of the previous eleven seasons, and have posted a 22-11 record in tournament play, including a first round win in all 11 seasons. In the past nine seasons, Clemson has reached seven Sweet Sixteens and advanced to Final Fours in 2004 and 2005.
About No. 3 seed Indiana (18-9)
Indiana (18-9) is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 and 28th overall under head coach Lin Loring, who has been at the helm for 36 seasons. 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. Katie Klyczek and Leslie Hureau are ranked No. 114 and No. 115, respectively, in the ITA singles rankings. Hureau and Carolyn Chupa team up in doubles and are rated as the No. 55 doubles team in the country.
About No. 4 seed Eastern Kentucky (19-6)
EKU (19-6) went undefeated in league play in 2013 to tally its second-straight OVC title and third overall in the last five years. Amandine Faouzi went 10-0 at the No. 1 spot versus league opponents this spring, while winning all 10 of her conference matches in straight sets. Kristina Labeja and Saioa Oscoz both went 9-0 in league singles matches with Labeja filling the No. 2 position and Oscoz playing No. 3 singles. Under head coach Rob Oertel, the EKU women’s tennis team has won 22 straight regular season conference matches dating back to 2011.
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The winner of the Clemson Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Urbana, Ill., May 17-21, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex hosted by the University of Illinois.