June 5, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) sent out its final rankings on Wednesday afternoon, listing six Commodore players in either singles or doubles. As a group the Vanderbilt women's tennis team finished the year ranked No. 11 by the ITA. Frances Altick paced the individual singles rankings, finishing the year at No. 55. Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira led the way in doubles at No. 20.
After a few disappointing seasons, head coach Geoff Macdonald and they Commodores finally worked their way back to the NCAA Sweet 16 and notched the programs 12th 20-plus win season.
Vanderbilt finished the year with a record of 21-7, including a 11-2 mark in SEC regular season play. The No. 11 ranking by the ITA is the programs best final rank since it finished at No. 10 in 2008.
Macdonald picked up his 500th career win against Missouri in 2014, joining an elite group of women's tennis coaches. He now holds 511 career wins and is just three wins shy of 400 at Vanderbilt.
Altick finished the year as the highest ranked Commodore singles player. The Monroe, La. native came in at No. 55 after finishing the year with an NCAA appearance and an overall record of 30-9.
Georgina Sellyn, who played at No. 1 singles the majority of the season, came in behind Altick at No. 62. Sellyn finished the year with a record of 25-16, joining three other Commodores with at least 25 victories. Sellyn was named the Ohio Valley Regional champion in the fall, earning herself a trip to the National Indoor tournament.
The freshman Sydney Campbell finished at No. 70 in the rankings. The Franklin native posted a 16-9 mark in 2014, including a 7-3 clip in SEC matches.
Rounding out the singles players are Courtney Colton at No. 90 and Marie Casares at No. 113.
Despite the low ranking, Casares put together the single best season in Vanderbilt tennis history. The junior from Quito, Ecuador finished the year with 32 singles wins and 60 combined wins, setting school records in both categories. Casares also put together a 21 match win streak which last the majority of the dual season. She went 10-1 in SEC play and 20-3 in dual matches in 2014.
In doubles play Colton and Mira finished the year at No. 20 in the rankings after an appearance in the NCAA doubles tournament. The duo finished with 13 wins and knocked off five ranked opponents.
Ashleigh Antal and Campbell finished the year at No. 41, while Antal and Casares finished at No. 87.