Dores Welcome Class of 2026

Vanderbilt women's tennis adds Sonya Macavei and Bridget Stammel

by Isabelle Dorman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt women’s tennis officially welcomed Sonya Macavei and Bridget Stammel to the Commodore family on National Signing Day as announced by head coach Aleke Tsoubanos on Wednesday.

Sonya Macavei
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: ES International School

Why Vandy?: “I chose Vanderbilt because I felt it was the best balance between athletics, student life and exceptional academics. Along with the amazing coaches here, I know this university is the best place to excel and achieve my athletic goals. I look forward to becoming a Commodore in the fall of 2022. Anchor Down!”

From Coach Tsoubanos: “Sonya is an absolute warrior. Her heart, work ethic, and love for the game are among the most impressive in this class. She has traveled the world playing a lot of tournaments while also managing her studies and will bring a ton of match experience to the team. Her passion for tennis and desire to improve reminded me a lot of our most recent graduate, Christina Rosca, which is what first drew me to her. I am thrilled Sonya is a Commodore and am eager to get her here on campus next fall.”

Bridget Stammel
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Highland Park
Accolades: 5A Singles state champion as a freshman … 16s Orange Bowl semifinalist … 16s Zimmerman/Johnson winner … 18s Winter Nationals Doubles winner.

Why Vandy?: “I chose Vanderbilt because I loved that it had both a great tennis program and strong academics. I also really loved the coaches and the girls on the team. Additionally, the campus is so pretty and Nashville is such a cool city.”

From Coach Tsoubanos: “Early in the recruiting process of this class, we identified Bridget as a prospect that would be an incredible fit for our program. From the start, I loved the way she competed, and respected her opponents and the game of tennis. She comes from a very competitive high school at Highland Park and deeply values academics but also wants to develop her tennis and compete at the highest level in the SEC. She has made her way to the top of her class in tennis while also excelling in the classroom. I can’t wait to start working with Bridget and know she will make an immediate impact on our program.”