Season Ends in Sweet 16

Women's tennis falls at No. 7 Texas A&M Super Regional

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis season came to a close in the NCAA Super Regionals as they fell, 4-0, to SEC foe Texas A&M.

The two teams fought hard at doubles with the Aggies ultimately clinching the opening point before a strong test at singles went in favor of the home team and seventh-seeded Texas A&M team.

Seeing Doubles

  • The Aggies struck first with a win at No. 3 doubles as Dasha Kourkina and MaryAnn Rompf fell, 6-1, to Renee McBryde and Gianna Pielet.
  • Texas A&M grabbed the doubles point following tough, back-and-forth action on both Court 1 and Court 2. Marcella Cruz and Anessa Lee battled to a 4-4 score at No. 2 doubles before dropping the following game. In search of extra games, the Commodores duo knotted it 40-40 but the 47th-ranked Aggies pair broke the serve and took the match, 6-4.
  • On Court 1, the 37th-ranked duo of Anna Ross and Holly Staff trailed their opponents sixth-ranked Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova, 5-4, at the time their match was called.

Singles Tested

  • At No. 4 singles, Cruz fell by a pair of 6-2 scores to Texas A&M’s Goldsmith as the Aggies went up 2-0 on the visiting Dores.
  • The Dores dropped Court 3 singles as the Aggies took the 3-0 lead. Lee battled it out against No. 74 Mary Stoiana, ultimately falling in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0.
  • On Court 1, Ross looked to force a third set, leading No. 8 Carson Branstine late in her second set but the Aggie eventually knotted it up 5-5 before clinching a 7-5 second set over 46th-ranked Ross as the Dores’s season came to a close.
  • Staff dropped her first set to No. 24 Tatiana Makarova in the tiebreak, 7-6(4), and led her second set 4-3 at the time of the match-clinch. Down 3-1 in her opening set, the sophomore won four-straight games to take a 5-3 lead before ultimately falling in the tiebreak before controlling her second set handily.
  • Kourkina was in the midst of her third set when the match was called, having split a pair of 6-3 set scores through the first two with Pielet.
  • Amy Stevens opened her contest at No. 6 singles with a 7-6(3) win and was locked in a 3-3 second set at the conclusion of Saturday’s match.

Up Next
Anna Ross will travel to Champaign, Illinois, for the NCAA Singles Championship (May 23-28). The junior boasts a record of 14-14 this season, including five wins over ranked opponents. She and Holly Staff will also compete in the doubles bracket, boasting a No. 37 ranking heading into the championships.