NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt women’s tennis improved to 11-6 on the season with an hours-long battle against South Carolina, ultimately taking a 4-3 decision over the Gamecocks.
After dropping the doubles point early, the women rallied back in singles to take four courts and come out victorious.
- The visiting Gamecocks clinched the doubles point as the Dores went 1-2, taking Court 3.
- Anna Ross and Anessa Lee narrowly dropped their set at No. 1 doubles before MaryAnn Rompf and Dasha Kourkina evened it out on Court 3 with a 6-4 win.
- Marcella Cruz and Holly Staff ultimately fell 6-2 on Court 2 as South Carolina took the 1-0 lead into singles.
- The two teams evenly split the first set of singles, with each squad claiming three victories through the opening set.
- Lee ultimately fell to No. 61 Ayana Akli at No. 2 singles, 0-6 and 1-6, as her court finished first in the afternoon session.
- Cruz won a pair of sets on Court 4, 6-2 and 6-4, to put the Commodores on the board Friday afternoon.
- Forced to the tiebreak in set two, Amy Stevens clinched Court 5 in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6(1).
- Dasha Kourkina put the Dores on top with a win in straight sets on Court 6. Her 6-2 and 6-3 set wins gave Vandy the 3-2 lead with two courts left to play out.
- 57th-ranked Ross and her Gamecock competition, second-ranked Sarah Hamner battled it out in three sets as the duo traded a pair of 6-4 set wins through the first two. Hamner eventually came out on top but not without a fight for the ages from the junior as Ross dropped the decisive third set, 6-3.
- Holly Staff called match with a thrilling 6-4 win in set three on her court. The sophomore dropped set one, 4-6 before taking the tiebreak in set two, 7-6(5), to force the deciding third set. Over three hours after first serving off at No. 3 singles, Staff clinched the win for Vanderbilt with the 6-4 win in set three.
The Commodores return to the Currey Tennis Center Sunday for doubleheader action against No. 16 Florida and Tennessee State. Vanderbilt and its SEC foe go head-to-head at noon. The Dores and Tigers are set to take the courts at 4 p.m.
A food truck will be available Sunday, opening 30 minutes prior to first serve.