GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team capped a successful performance at the Debbie Southern Furman Fall Invitational to open the fall season. Concluding the action with singles play on Sunday, the Commodores picked up five more victories.
“Really solid finish by the team today,” Vanderbilt head coach Aleke Tsoubanos said. “Our freshmen were outstanding, both picking up impressive wins today and going undefeated on the weekend in singles. Happy to see Holly (Staff) and Amy (Stevens) rebound today after a tough day yesterday. We will try to get some recovery in and get back to work this week on some things we saw coming out of our first fall competition.”
Freshman Bridget Stammel capped her impressive collegiate debut by winning the Flight 4 title. She took down North Carolina’s Carson Tanguilig by scores of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to finish 3-0 in singles on the weekend. Vanderbilt’s other freshman Sonya Macavei also won her flight winning the Flight 5 crown thanks to her straight-set victory over Wake Forest’s Jingyi Le, 6-2, 6-0.
Holly Staff won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, against Whitley Pate of Wake Forest at Flight 2, and Anessa Lee was a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 winner in Flight 3 action in her match against Alexandra Mikhailuk of Mississippi State.
At Flight 7, Amy Stevens won the first set, 6-3, and was leading in the second when her opponent – Georgia Tech’s Rosie Garcia Gross – retired.
The next action for Vanderbilt is the ITA All-American Championships set for Oct. 1-9 in Cary, North Carolina.
Flight 1 – Casie Wooten (Wake Forest) def. Celia-Bella Mohr (Vanderbilt), 6-3, 6-3
Flight 2 – Holly Staff (Vanderbilt) def. Whitley Pate (Wake Forest), 6-3, 6-2
Flight 3 – Anessa Lee (Vanderbilt) def. Alexandra Mikhailuk (Mississippi State) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Flight 4 – Bridget Stammel (Vanderbilt) def. Carson Tanguilig (North Carolina), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)
Flight 5 – Sonya Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Jingyi Li (Wake Forest), 6-2, 6-0
Flight 6 – Ellie Schulson (Furman) def. Marcella Cruz (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-2
Flight 7 – Amy Stevens (Vanderbilt) def. Rosie Garcia Gross (Georgia Tech), 6-3, 2-1 retired