Sept. 27, 2007
NASHVILLE - The Vanderbilt women's tennis team opens up the fall portion of their schedule this weekend as they travel to Greenville, S.C., for the Furman Fall Invitational. Other teams scheduled to compete in the event include Clemson, Furman, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
"It's a very strong tournament," head coach Geoff Macdonald said. "We love going over there. It's a beautiful campus and a beautiful site."
Action begins on Friday and continues through Sunday at the Minor Herndon Mickel Tennis Center. Play on Friday begins at 9 a.m. and will include two rounds of doubles and one round of singles play. The doubles finals will occur on Saturday, while the singles championships will be held on Sunday. The field is divided into seven flights for singles and four flights for doubles. Macdonald said that this weekend will serve as a great opportunity for the team to grow closer together.
"We will learn what we need to do to get better," Macdonald said. "I like these tournaments because you go together as a team and it's a chance to come together as a group and care about each other. For that reason, I love a tournament like Furman's."
Vanderbilt returns five starters from a team that went 19-9 and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 before falling to Stanford. The Commodores are led by senior Amanda Taylor. The Richland, Wash., native enters the fall ranked No. 20 in women's singles by the ITA. Taylor is coming off a season that saw her earn first-team All-SEC honors and earn ITA All-American honors in doubles.
Sophomore Catherine Newman also enters the fall ranked, coming in with the No. 28 ranking in women's singles. As a freshman, Newman earned first team All-SEC honors and finished with a 9-2 conference record and 33-9 overall record in singles.