Strength in Numbers

Women's tennis tops Terriers in first match of doubleheader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt women’s tennis concluded nonconference play with a doubleheader sweep Sunday inside the Currey Tennis Center.  

Opening the day with a 6-1 win over the Wofford Terriers, the Commodores then topped Music City rival Belmont, 7-0, to improve to 8-1 on the season. 

Against the Terriers 

  • Dasha Kourkina and MaryAnn Rompf sailed to a quick 6-1 set victory at No. 3 doubles to give the Dores the advantage as the other two courts played on. 
  • The Commodore duo on Court 1 in Anna Ross and Yufei Long followed suit shortly after, clinching the doubles point with a 6-1 win of their own. 
  • On Court 2, Marcella Cruz and Amy Stevens dropped a close set with their Terrier opponents to round out doubles play. 
  • Kourkina continued the point streak for the Commodores, sweeping both sets 6-0 to give the home team a 2-0 lead over the Terriers. 
  • Moments later Cruz completed a sweep of her own, claiming a pair of 6-0 set wins on Court 3 for the 3-0 tally. 
  • Lee grabbed the match-clinching point with her win on Court 2 in two sets. After picking up a 6-1 win in the first set, Lee fought hard in the second to claim a 6-3 victory. 
  • Trailing 3-1 early in the opening set, Stevens came back to win Court 4 in straight sets. The rookie took set one, 6-3, before recording a 6-4 tally in set two en route to the fifth Vandy point of the morning session. 
  • A nail-biting first set and a convincing second went in favor of Rompf at Court 6 as she clinched the sixth and final point of the first match. 
  • Anna Ross was forced to retire in her second set. 

Against the Bruins 

  • Kourkina and Rompf took Court 3 doubles, 6-1, to get things started against Belmont in the afternoon session. 
  • Quickly falling to a 5-1 deficit on Court 1, Cruz and Long fought back to force the tiebreak in which they came out victorious, 7-6(2). 
  • Also trailing 5-1 early, Lee and Stevens teamed up to force a tiebreak of their own in doubles, ultimately dropping the extra games by a tight 7-6(7) score. 
  • Dropping just one game all day, Cruz soared to a victory on Court 3 singles Sunday afternoon. With a sweep in the first match, Cruz followed up with 6-0 and 6-1 set wins to give Vanderbilt the 2-0 lead over Belmont. 
  • Stevens added to the Dores’ lead, grabbing the point at No. 4 singles with a series of 6-0 and 6-2 wins. 
  • For the second time Sunday, Lee won the match-clinching point with her victory in straight sets. After sweeping the first, 6-0, she held on for the 6-4 set win at No. 1 singles to secure the match win. 
  • Kourkina continued her domincance with a win on Court 5 in straight sets. She registered a 60 sweep in the first before battling to a 6-4 second set victory to give the Dores a 5-0 lead. 
  • Having dropped her first set, 4-6, Long forced a decisive third set with her 6-3 victory on Court 2. In the third set tiebreak, Long dominated with a 10-4 win. 
  • Rompf rounded things out for the Dores Sunday evening as she picked up 6-2 and 6-1 set wins on Court 6 to complete the evening sweep. 

Up Next
The Dores hit the road next weekend as they are set to open conference play next weekend with a pair of matches at Auburn and Alabama.