Strong Competition

Dores complete solid weekend against top SEC competition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt completed its second of three fall tournaments this weekend in competing at the Tennessee Fall Invite against the likes of South Carolina, Georgia and the host Volunteers.

In all, Vanderbilt earned 11 victories across singles and doubles action.

Amanda Meyer led the way for the Commodores, sweeping her three singles matches. Through the three days, she defeated South Carolina’s Silvia Chinellato 7-6 (5), 6-1, Georgia’s Morgan Coppoc 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Tennessee’s Johanna Silva 6-3, 6-3.

“Amanda Meyer had an incredible weekend. She won all three singles against very, very good opponents and two out of her three doubles,” Vanderbilt head coach Aleke Tsoubanos said. “She was a tough competitor all weekend and we’re happy to see such a strong performance from her. Overall, I’m optimistic about where we are at this point. We’ve had good back-to-back weekends so we will try to rest bodies a bit and then put in a good week and half before we wrap up with one more weekend of play over Halloween.”



Vanderbilt had a strong open to the tournament against South Carolina with Meyer, Anessa Lee, Dasha Kourkina and Holly Staff all earning singles wins before the day transitioned to doubles against Georgia. On Saturday, the Dores took two more singles victories against a tough Georgia team with Lee joining Meyer in the win column with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ania Hertel.

In doubles action, Vandy responded nicely with both Staff and Emma Kurtz and Meyer and Kourkina winning a pair of matches against Tennessee and South Carolina.

“We started out with a strong singles performance on Friday morning with South Carolina and we fought really hard to give ourselves lots of chances, even in the matches that didn’t go our way,” Tsoubanos said. “Doubles on Friday was a disappointment but the team came out and played much more committed and improved doubles on Saturday afternoon.

“We had some really good singles matches with Georgia on Saturday where Amanda and Anessa picked up great wins and Emma’s match was really fun to watch; the level of play was awesome and I’m proud of the way she competed. She is showing growth and great leadership this fall.”

Vanderbilt will finish out its scheduled fall slate in two weeks when it hosts the June Stewart Invitational at Currey Tennis Center over Halloween weekend from Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Singles vs. South Carolina
Anessa Lee (VANDY) def. Gabriela Martinez (USC) 6-0, 6-0
Amanda Meyer (VANDY) def. Silvia Chinellato (USC) 7-6 (5), 6-1
Mia Horvit (USC) def, Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-1, 6-4
Dasha Kourkina (VANDY) def. Elise Mills 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Holly Staff (VANDY) def. Emma Shelton (USC) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Megan Davies (USC) def. Marcella Cruz (VANDY) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles vs. Georgia
Meg Kowalski/Ania Hertel (UGA) def. Anessa Lee/Emma Kurtz (Vandy) 6-1
Katarina Jokic/Ariana Arseneault (UGA) def. Marcella Cruz/Holly Staff (Vandy) 6-0
Marta Gonzales/Morgan Coppoc (UGA) def. Amanda Meyer/Dasha Kourkina (Vandy) 6-1

Singles vs. Georgia
Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
Meg Kowalski (UGA) def. Marcella Cruz (VANDY) 6-3, 6-0
Amanda Meyer (VANDY) def. Morgan Coppoc (UGA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Marta Gonzalez (UGA) def. Holly Staff (VANDY) 6-3, 6-1
Anessa Lee (VANDY) def. Ania Hertel (UGA) 6-4, 6-4
Ariana Arseneault (UGA) def. Dasha Koortina (VANDY) 7-6 (5), 6-2

Doubles vs. Tennessee and South Carolina
Emma Kurtz/Holly Staff (VANDY) def. Tenika McGiffin/Esther Adeshina (UT) 6-4
Carly Briggs/Daria Kuczer (UT) def. Marcella Cruz/Anessa Lee (VANDY) 6-3
Amanda Meyer/Dasha Kourkina (VANDY) def. Johanna Silva/Callie Creath (UT) 6-2
Emma Kurtz/Holly Staff (VANDY) def. Mia Horvit/Megan Davies (USC) 7-5
Emma Shelton/Silvia Chinellato (USC) def. Marcella Cruz/Anessa Lee (VANDY) 6-1
Amanda Meyer/Dasha Kourkina (VANDY) def. Elise Mills/Gabriela Martinez (USC) 6-0

Singles vs. Tennessee
Tenika McGiffin (UT) def. Marcela Cruz (VANDY) 6-0, 6-4
Rebeka Mertena (UT) def. Holly Staff (VANDY) 6-1, 6-3
Carly Briggs (UT) def. Anessa Lee (VANDY) 7-5, 6-1
Amanda Meyer (Vandy) def. Johanna Silva (UT) 6-3, 6-3
Esther Adeshina (UT) def. Dasha Kourkina (VANDY) 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
Daria Kuczer (UT) def. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4