Doubles Draw | Singles Draw
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Thursday’s action in the Riviera/ITA All-Americans will not soon be forgotten for members of Vanderbilt tennis, which saw three student-athletes extend an undefeated run in main draw play.
Every victory in Pacific Palisades has been an upset. That trend hopes to continue Friday as the Dores compete in one of the most prestigious tournaments of the fall.
“We’re 11-1 out here and everyone is playing their hearts out,” said head coach Geoff Macdonald. “The team is locked in and really I’m just letting them play their game. I’ll give them some ideas, but they’re competing great. They all have had tough losses this season, and they’ve proven this tournament that they’ve taken those losses and learned a lot from them... that’s all we can ask for from our team.”
The exclamation mark on the day came in Emma Kurtz and Christina Rosca’s second doubles match of Thursday, in which the sophomore tandem defeated the top-seed and No. 1 team in the nation. In their closest match of the fall, the Commodore duo downed Michigan’s Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian, 8-6.
Earlier in the day, the Dore duo defeated strong opponents in Georgia’s No. 34 Elena Christofi and Morgan Coppoc, 8-6.
“It's an honor to be given the opportunity to play in this high-level tournament with some of the best teams in the country,” said Christina Rosca. “We've really just come together the past couple matches and stepped up our level. We're keeping it simple and executing what we've been working on in practice with Coach (Macdonald) and Leaks (Tsoubanos).”
No. 17 Fernanda Contreras and Emily Smith began main draw doubles play with a victory of their down, defeating 14th-ranked Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen, 8-4. The Contreras/Smith fell in the round of 16 to Northwestern’s 5th-ranked Maddie Lippand Alex Chatt, 8-4.
In singles play, Contreras and Rosca will compete in two rounds of singles play tomorrow, as both Commodores escaped the main draw’s opening round of 32. Both victories came in upset fashion and in three sets.
No. 47 Rosca was first on court, taking on a top-20 opponent in Oklahoma’s 19th-ranked Lily Miyazaki. The Sooner took the first set, 6-2, however the Commodore battled back to take the match in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Rosca will face top-seeded Ena Shibahara in tomorrow’s round of 16. Ranked No. 1 in the country, Shibahara earned a bye then defeated Miami’s Estela Perez-Somarriba in three sets, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.
For the second day in a row, Contreras found herself facing Anastasia Rychagova and needing to come through in another difficult three-set match. As one of the most spirited and positive Commodores, Contreras dug deep to seal her position in the ITA/All-American round of 16 by downing her Thursday night doubles foe, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Contreras will face Cal’s No. 5 Karla Popovic in the round of 16.
Kurtz and Rosca will compete against Syracuse’s No. 47 Knutson and Ramirez at 11 a.m. CT, followed by two rounds of singles at 12:45 p.m. CT.