Marcella Cruz - Women's Tennis - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Marcella Cruz

Class Junior
Hometown Marlboro, N.J.
High School University of Nebraska Online
Major Human and Organizational Development

• 2021 SEC All-Newcomer Team
• SEC Newcomer of the Week (3/17/21)

• Highest Singles Ranking: —
• Highest Doubles Ranking: No. 46 w/ Emma Kurtz (6/2/21)

Career Records (through 2020-21 season)
Singles: 30-19
Doubles: 21-23
Total: 51-42

As a Sophomore (2020-21)
• 16-10 overall record in singles play
• 18-12 overall record in doubles play
• Played primarily at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and No. 2 doubles primarily with Emma Kurtz
• Reached as high as No. 46 in the ITA doubles rankings with Kurtz
• Went 13-5 in dual-match singles play
• Clinched four victories for the team, including three in a row against Louisville, No. 9 Georgia Tech and No. 21 Auburn
• Posted a 15-6 mark in doubles play, going 7-4 against SEC foes
• Opened the dual-match season winning each of her first nine decisions, all in straight sets
• Started Vanderbilt’s comeback against No. 31 Kentucky with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Elizabeth Stevens and was named SEC Newcomer of the Week for her efforts
• Went 13-6 with Kurtz in doubles play, winning both of their NCAA Tournament matches
• Clinched doubles points for the Commodores on five occasions
• Was named to the SEC All-Newcomer team, honoring sophomores that had their 2019-20 freshman campaigns cut short by COVID-19

As a Freshman (2019-20)
• 14-9 overall record in singles play with a 4-1 dual match record
• 7-8 overall record in doubles play
• Held four-match win streak in singles
• Concluded SEC play undefeated (4-0)
• Clinched two dual matches
• Remainder of season cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak on March 14

The Cruz File
• Highest National Ranking: 17
• Five-star recruit
• Doubles Champions of USTA National Women’s Open Indoor Championship with fellow Vanderbilt partner Rosca
• Semifinals of PTC Clay Court Championships Women’s Open Singles
• Quarterfinals of USTA National Level 3: The Georgia Bowl
• 2016 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year
• Describes the way she competes as relentless
• Favorite things to do away from the tennis court are listen to music, read and be with family and friends
• Favorite aspect of Nashville is the kind, warm, home atmosphere
• Career goal is to become a tennis professional
• Chose to attend Vanderbilt because “I fell in love with the culture and people. I found it the best place for me to learn and grow.”
• Father played college tennis at Rutgers