May 20, 2008
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TULSA, Okla. - Vanderbilt senior Amanda Taylor and sophomore Catherine Newman begin play in the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa. Taylor and Courtney Ulery will open up competition in the doubles draw on Thursday.
Taylor, currently ranked 17th nationally by the ITA, faces a tough test in the first round, facing No. 7 seed Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech at 12:30 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday. Taylor, who is making her second career appearance in the singles championships, has a 27-8 singles record on the season.
McDowell is 36-8 on the season and 16-5 in dual matches in singles play. She spent most of the dual match season playing at the second position, with a 13-5 record. McDowell played three matches at No. 1 singles, recording a 2-1 mark. Taylor and McDowell met earlier in the season when Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech met in dual match. Taylor defeated then No. 2 McDowell 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to help lead the Commodores to an upset of the Yellow Jackets.
Newman faces Baylor's Taylor Ormond in the opening round on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (CT). Newman is rated 48th in singles and has a 25-11 singles record, including a 15-8 dual match record. This is the second straight year that Newman has participated in the NCAA singles draw.
Ormond is currently ranked 43rd in singles. Ormond has a 28-14 record in singles on the year and was 14-10 in dual matches. The winner of the match between Newman and Ormond could face top ranked Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas in the second round.
Taylor and Courtney Ulery, currently ranked 21st in doubles, will open their quest for an NCAA Championship on Thursday against Romy Farah and Laura Vallverdu of Miami (FL). Taylor and Ulery have posted a 15-7 record on the season, including a 9-6 mark at the first position.
Farah and Vallverdu are one spot ahead of the Commodore duo in the latest doubles rankings, coming in at No. 20. The pair from Miami won 12 of their last 15 matches and posted an overall record of 17-6.
The singles draw consists of the top 64 players in the country, while the doubles draw includes the top 32 teams.
Live stats of all singles and doubles matches can be found on tulsahurricane.com. A recap of all the action will be available on vucommodores.com.