NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt women’s tennis will advance to its fifth straight NCAA quarterfinals after a 4-0 victory over Texas A&M in the Super Regionals on Saturday at the Currey Tennis Center.
“I thought we played with a lot of desire and heart today. We played a very competitive match against a really good team to advance to the quarterfinals,” said head coach Geoff Macdonald.
The Commodores earned a solid start in doubles securing the first doubles victory on Court 2.
Senior Fernanda Contreras and freshman Georgia Drummy teamed up to take down Aggie pair Katya Townsend and Renee McBryde. Holding the tandem to only one game, the Commodore duo earned an early lead for the Dores.
With the doubles point coming down to Court 3, junior Christina Rosca and sophomore Amanda Meyer stepped up to earn the victory over Texas A&M’s Riley McQuaid and Lucia Quiterio, 6-4 to put the Dores up 1-0 over the Aggies.
No. 18 Rosca continued to dominate into singles play, collecting the first singles victory.
Rosca defeated Texas A&M’s Tatiana Makarova in a straight set, 6-3, 6-0 to extended the Dores’ lead to 2-0.
No. 117 Emily Smith battled on Court 6 against Texas A&M’s Quiterio, outlasting the Aggie, 6-3 in the first set. Smith prevailed in the second set, 6-3 earning a straight set victory over Quiterio to advance the score to 3-0 over the Aggies.
With four courts remaining, freshman Carolyn Campana came back from a 4-5 deficit to beat Texas A&M’s McQuaid in the first set, 7-5. Looking to advance the Commodores to the Elite Eight, Campana dominated in the second set, 6-4 to clinch the match for the Dores over Texas A&M, 4-0.
“It was amazing to clinch the match against Texas A&M especially since we lost to them earlier in the season. My mom and dad were at the match and my friends and family were watching from all different parts of the country supporting me and the team,” said Campana.
“The team went out there knowing that we had nothing to lose and went after the match with a lot of grit. Going to my first Elite 8 means a lot to me. These are things that you dream about when you’re a little kid so the fact that it’s happening and that I was able to clinch for us to head to Orlando feels amazing.”
The Commodores will travel to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 17. The Dores will face No. 1 seed Georgia for a chance at advancing to the semifinals.
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