NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team claimed its spot in the ITA Kick-Off championship match with a 4-0 win over Penn on Friday at the Currey Tennis Center.
“I was really impressed with Penn,” Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald said. “They’re talented and I think we stepped up to play them really well. Hat’s off to them, I really respect them and their program.
The Commodores opened the match in doubles play where they clinched the doubles point over the Quakers with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.
Senior Christina Rosca and sophomore Georgia Drummy teamed up to secure the Dores’ first doubles victory with a 6-2 win over Iuliia Bryzgalova and Marija Curnic.
On court 3, junior Amanda Meyer and freshman Dasha Kourkina rallied to outlast Gibson Thomas and Ashley Zhu 7-5 to secure the doubles point for the Dores.
Leading the Quakers 1-0 the Commodores looked to extend their lead in singles play.
Emma Kurtz dominated at No. 3 singles to take down Marija Curnic in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 to advance the Dores’ lead to 2-0 followed by Rosca overpowering Zhu at the No. 2 spot 6-2, 6-0 to put the Commodores up 3-0 over the Quakers.
Freshman Anna Ross clinched the Dores’ first dual match victory with a straight set win over Sonia Tartakovsky 6-1, 6-2 to advance the Commodores to the championship match with a 4-0 win over Penn.
Freshman Anna Ross with the clinch. 👏
— Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis (@VandyWTennis) January 25, 2020
“It was neat that a freshman overcame some early nerves to get the clinch. Anna played a really strong singles match,” Macdonald said. “I’m very pleased with our first dual and I really think it’s a step in the right direction.”
Vanderbilt will face Arizona State in the championship match at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Currey Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free.
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