Dores Fall in SEC Opener

Women’s tennis drops Top-25 matchup at Auburn, 4-3

Auburn, Ala. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team opened up Southeastern Conference play with a strong performance at Auburn in a top-25 matchup.  

Anessa Lee and Anna Ross both picked up ranked wins in the Commodores’ loss Friday as they defeated their opponents on the top two courts. 

Seeing Doubles 

  • Anna Ross and Yufei Long dropped the doubles on Court 1 to 44th-ranked Selin Ovunc and Ariana Arseneault, 6-2, as the Dores opened the day. 
  • With a 6-3 loss on Court 3, the Tigers took the doubles point as Marcella Cruz and Dasha Kourkina fought hard but ultimately dropped the court. 
  • Anessa Lee and Holly Staff were up 5-3 when their match was called. 


  • On Court 3, the Dores fell to 2-0 against the Tigers with Staff falling in two sets to No. 104 Carolyn Ansari. 
  • Amy Stevens continued her hot streak with a win in straight sets on Court 5, 6-3 and 6-1. The rookie now boasts a record of 6-1 this dual season. 
  • Auburn’s Yu Chen claimed Court 6 over Dasha Kourkina with 6-2 and 6-4 set wins halfway through the match. 
  • On Court 4, Cruz dropped a nailbiter in set one with a 7-6(3) tie break before falling 6-2 for Auburn’s match-clinching point. 
  • After falling in a close first set, 6-4, Lee battled back to take the next two and clinch the Commodores’ second point of the night with 6-0 and 6-3 wins. 
  • Ross secured the Dores’ third and final point of the match with a three-set thriller on Court 1. After clinching the first match with a quick 6-1 win, Ross and her opponent, No. 60 Selin Ovunc battled to two tie breaks throughout the rest of the match with Auburn taking set two, 7-6(3), before Ross came back to win set three, 7-6(4). 

Up Next
The Commodores continue their road trip with a match against Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m. before returning home.