May 14, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 10th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team is set for the programs 14th Sweet 16 match after punching its ticket last weekend at the Nashville regional with wins over Murray State and Georgia Tech. The Commodores will take on No. 8 overall seed and SEC foe Florida at 4 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, May 15 from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
The No. 9 nationally seeded Commodores (21-6) earned their way to their first Sweet 16 since 2011 by shutting out Murray State before earning a hard fought 4-2 win over No. 19 Georgia Tech. Vandy is just 3-10 in Sweet 16 matches, but has posted a record of 5-3 against SEC opponents in the NCAA round of 16 and beyond.
Florida punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 in Gainesville by shutting out South Carolina State in the first round and downing No. 22 Oklahoma State in the second round match. The Gators are headed to the round of 16 for the 31st time (of a possible 33). They hold a record of 27-3 in those matches and are 52-17 overall when playing NCAA tournament matches on a neutral court.
Vanderbilt and Florida will meet for the fourth time in the NCAA tournament, and the third time in a round of 16 match. The Gators hold a 3-0 advantage in NCAA tournament play against the Commodores, however, two of those three matches were played in Gainesville. Vandy's lone neutral court NCAA match against UF was a 4-1 loss in the round of 16 held in Tulsa, Okla. in 2008.
The Commodores and Gators met earlier this season in Gainesville with UF taking a deceiving 4-0 victory, snapping Vandy's seven match win streak. Vanderbilt dropped the doubles point in heartbreaking fashion, falling 7-5 in a tiebreak at No. 1. From there the Gators won quickly a three positions to take the shutout victory. However, when the match was suspended the Commodores were leading on two courts, with the third on serve in the third set.
Doubles play has been big all year for the Commodores, as they are 18-0 after winning the critical point. Likewise, Florida is 15-0 when winning doubles.
Vanderbilt will feature five singles players at the NCAA tournament down in Athens. Frances Altickleads the group, ranked inside the top 50 at No. 48 by the ITA. She will also represent the Commodores in the NCAA Singles Championships beginning next week.
Vanderbilt will likely showcase two ranked doubles teams at the NCAA Championship, led by No. 20 Lauren Miraand Colton. Mira and Colton have been slowly moving up the ranks all season long and hold a record of 13-6 heading into Athens. The duo knocked off Georgia Tech's doubles team which is currently ranked No. 6 in the country by the ITA. Mira and Colton will play in the NCAA Doubles Championships beginning next week.
Also ranked in doubles are Ashleigh Antaland Campbell at No. 43.
The winner of Thursday's match will face either top-seeded Georgia or No. 16 seed Southern California on Saturday in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. (ET).
Tickets for the event can be purchased through www.Georgiadogs.com. Daily tickets are being sold for $10, while 12-day all-session tickets are on sale for $100.
Live scoring and live video of the tournament can also be found by visiting www.Georigadogs.com. Live updates and results can also be found by following @VandyWTennis or @NCAATennis2014 on twitter.