Oct. 17, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's tennis team will send six to the 2013 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships at the University of Memphis, with a trip to November's National Indoor Championships on the line. The tournament will be held at The Racquet Club of Memphis and will run from October 18-22.
The Ohio Valley Regionals will showcase a total of 88 singles players and 44 doubles teams, all of which aiming to get to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, November 7-10, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
"This is a great opportunity for one of our singles players and one of our doubles teams win the regional and go to New York to compete in nationals," said Vandy head coach Geoff Macdonald. "I think we are one of the best overall teams in the tournament, we've improved from last year and we've had a great fall, so I'm expecting us to do really well."
Of the six the Commodores are sending to Memphis, five will be in the singles main draw. Maggie Leavell will be looking to win two matches in Friday's qualifying round to advance as one of eight qualifiers to the main draw.
All five of Vandy's main draw players are seeded in the top 14, with No. 71 Georgina Sellyn being seeded the highest at No. 3. Rounding out the rest of the group are Marie Casares (8), Sydney Campbell (11), Ashleigh Antal (13) and Frances Altick (14).
The doubles field will feature five ranked teams, the highest being the No. 12 duo from Purdue. Of Vandy's three doubles teams only Antal and Campbell are seeded, at seventh overall.
Vanderbilt has put together a solid fall in their first few tournaments. As a team, the 'Dores are 34-15 in singles play and 17-6 in doubles play. The five players in the main draw have a fall record of 23-5 in singles play, while the doubles teams of Antal/Campbell and Casares/Altick are both currently undefeated on the year at 6-0 and 3-0, respectively.
"We have a really deep team this year," said Macdonald. "We are able to push our players harder because of that depth. That has translated to better fitness levels, a willingness to learn the game and an overall understanding of how good this team can be."
Vandy will be looking to advance it someone to New York for the second time in three years. Jackie Wu went on to Nationals in 2011 after winning the singles championship, 6-1, 6-1, over second-seeded Brynn Boren of Tennessee.