NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Third-seeded Vanderbilt women’s tennis travels to College Station, Texas, to compete in the 2019 SEC Championship facing sixth-seeded Kentucky at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center Friday at 10 a.m. CT.
“The league is so strong and so competitive, everyone is good. We have the utmost respect for Kentucky, we played them in Lexington and it was a super close match. It’s going to be a great match but I feel like we’ve really improved and we’re ready to roll,” head coach Geoff Macdonald.
The Commodores enter the championship after wrapping up the regular season falling short to top-ranked UGA, 4-1.
Vanderbilt concluded the regular season boasting a 15-6 overall record, only dropping three conference matches (10-3).
The Dores are led by freshman Georgia Drummy. After joining the Dores in January, the freshman boasts a 17-5 overall record and an 11-3 conference record entering the quarterfinals of the championship.
Heading into the post season, Vanderbilt features five singles players in the Oralce ITA Rankings with senior Fernanda Contreras concluding the regular season as the fifth nationally ranked player followed by No. 17 Christina Rosca, No. 65 Drummy, No. 75 Meyer and No. 105 Emily Smith.
On Friday, the Commodores will look for a chance at advancing to the semifinals as they face No. 24 Kentucky. The Wildcats topped No. 11-seed Arkansas, 4-1 in the second round of the championship to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Wildcats earned a 17-7 record in the regular season and went 7-6 in conference matches.
In this season’s matchup between Vanderbilt and Kentucky, the Dores topped the Wildcats, 4-3 with a clinch by freshman Carolyn Campana.
The Commodores take the court on Friday as the two-time defending SEC Tournament Champions.
Last year, the Dores faced Texas A&M in the first round of the championship, taking down the Aggies 4-1 followed by a win over Ole Miss in the semifinals, 4-1.
In the finals, the Dores shutout Florida, 4-0 to clinch the 2018 SEC Tournament title.
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