Vanderbilt Tames Wildcats

No. 33 Vanderbilt defeats Kentucky on Sunday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team picked up a victory on Sunday at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis Facility, posting a 6-1 win over No. 52 Kentucky.

Vanderbilt, ranked 33rd in the latest ITA rankings, began Sunday’s match with a win, grabbing the early doubles point. Finishing first on Court 1, Célia-Belle Mohr and Anessa Lee overcame Kentucky’s Lidia Gonzalez and Ellie Eades, 6-3. Sonya Macavei and Holly Staff followed suit, taking Court 3 with a 6-2 victory over Zoe Hammond and Ellie Myers. Valeria Ray and Bridget Stammel’s match went unfinished at 5-4.

The Commodores charged on, taking back-to-back wins in singles. Mohr led the Dores, defeating Elizabeth Stevens on Court 1 in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Just after, Ray overcame Eades 6-2, 6-2, alongside Stammel who took Court 2 over her Wildcat opponent. Lee and Staff both defeated their opponents to extend the Dores lead to 6-0. Amy Stevens was left on Court 6, and after dropping the first set, she came back to claim the second in a tiebreaker before falling in a super tiebreaker to conclude the match.

1. No. 9 Mohr (Vanderbilt) def. Stevens 6-1, 6-4
2. No. 60 Stammel (Vanderbilt) def. Gonzalez 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
3. Lee (Vanderbilt) def. Hammond 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-4)
4. Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Eades 6-2, 6-2
5. Staff (Vanderbilt) def. Julia Zhu 6-2, 6-2
6. Myers (Kentucky) def. Stevens 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 1-0 (11-9)

1. No. 26 Mohr/Lee (Vanderbilt) def. Eades/Gonzalez 6-3
2. Stammel/Ray (Vanderbilt) vs. Makayla Mills/Stevens 4-5, unfinished
3. Staff/Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Hammond/Myers 6-2

Up Next: The Dores are at home next weekend, scheduled to face Ole Miss on Friday at 3 p.m. and Mississippi State on Sunday at 1 p.m.