Kurtz Advances to Quarterfinals

Senior claims victory in straight sets

MALIBU, Calif. – Four Vanderbilt student-athletes concluded the first round of singles and doubles on Thursday while competing in the first Women’s Collegiate Classic.

Opening day one with doubles play, senior duo Emma Kurtz and Chrsitina Rosca battled against Arizona State pair Hampton and Alicea. The veteran duo started slow to claim one game, falling short to Arizona State, 6-1.

Junior Amanda Meyer and Georgia Drummy paired up to face UCLA duo Johnson and Goulak. The Commodore pair earned a dominant start to secure three games however, the Bruins fought back to claim the match, 6-3.

“In doubles we need to do a better job of valuing opportunities and getting into points,” said associate head coach Aleke Tsoubanos.

Claiming the Dores lone singles victory, Kurtz dominated against UCLA’s Taylor Johnson to defeat the sophomore in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, marking Kurtz’s third singles victory of the fall season.

“Great win for Emma today in singles. I was happy to see her get through in straight sets,” said Tsoubanos. “We came up short in two three set matches with Christina falling 7-5 in the third set to a great freshman, Andrea Cerdan from Michigan and Georgia losing in a close match to Stanford’s top player, Michaela Gordon.”

The Commodores look to pick up momentum as they take on round two of singles and doubles on Friday beginning at noon CT.

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