Road Challenge Ahead

Women’s tennis will face No. 12 Texas A&M and LSU this weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt women’s tennis heads back on the road this week for a pair of matches against Texas A&M and LSU.  

Their first contest of the weekend is set for Friday at 5 p.m. CT in College Station, Texas, to take on the 12th-ranked Aggies before a Sunday morning matchup with the Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Last weekend the Commodores picked up their first SEC win of the season, defeating Missouri 5-1 inside the Currey Tennis Center. After clinching the doubles point, the Dores went on to take four of five singles courts before calling the match.  

On Friday, Vandy was tested against Arkansas, ultimately dropping a 4-3 decision to the Razorbacks as it came down to a third set on Court 1. 

Scouting Report
Texas A&M comes into the weekend at 12th nationally, having lost just one match to Cal. With an 18-1 overall record, the Aggies have claimed 18 doubles points this season and own the top record in the SEC. Tatiana Makarova (37), Carson Branstine (41) and Mary Storiana (80) all rank among the top individuals at singles while Jayci Goldsmith and Marakova are the third-ranked doubles duo. Branstine and Storiana are also ranked in doubles at 27th nationally. 

 LSU currently own a 2-7 record and are 1-3 in conference play having defeated Mississippi State in their most recent outing. The Tigers currently have Ena Babic ranked in singles at 89th nationally with an 8-5 record this season, including Fall tournaments. 

ITA Rankings 

  • The Commodores are currently ranked 44th nationally after going 1-1 last weekend and picking up their first SEC win. 
  • Anna Ross ranks 46th nationally in singles, typically playing on the top court for the Commodores. 
  • With a 64th overall ranking, Anessa Lee went 1-1 last weekend, defeating Arkansas’ Kelly Keller in straight sets. 
  • Yufei Long and partner Ross cracked the doubles rankings last week at 78th nationally, together the pair owns a 3-2 record on Court 1. 

On The Radar
The team returns to the road next weekend with a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, on March 25 for a 1 p.m. contest against SEC foe Kentucky.