Casares wins first college tournament

Casares has played in three Junior Slam events--Wimbledon, French Open, and US Open

Oct. 9, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For her first college tournament, Marie Casares did pretty well. The freshman Commodore won her flight at the Seminole Invitational this past weekend, as the only Vanderbilt player to go undefeated in singles.

On Friday, Casares took on Georgia Tech's Lynn Brau, and defeated her in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 before advancing Saturday on a walk out. Sunday morning, as the rain forced play indoors, Casares took on another Yellowjacket, Elizabeth Kilborn, with a 6-4, 6-2 match.

Chelsea Preeg, who paired with Casares in doubles for a second place finish in their flight, attacked Sunday's play after a difficult weekend. After splitting sets and falling 4-1 in the third, she battled back to force a tiebreaker, eventually losing the set 7-6(4).

Junior Nelly Radeva worked her way through her flight, taking down Troy's Candela Munoz on Friday and Southern Florida's Loreto Alonso Saturday. Facing Georgia Tech's Jasmine Minor on Sunday, Radeva dropped straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 for a second place finish.

Senior Megan Gornet dropped straight sets as well in Sunday's play, 6-3, 6-1 against a dominant Lubov Dorafeeva of Troy.

The women's tennis team will head next to the Ohio River Valley Regionals tournament this coming weekend.



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