NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bouncing back from a loss to No. 3-ranked North Carolina, Vanderbilt women’s tennis defeated No. 12-ranked Northwestern, 5-2, on Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center.
Starting the match steady, the Commodores earned the first doubles victory with Fernanda Contreras and Emily Smith defeating Northwestern duo Lee/Or on court 1, 6-4.
The Wildcats recovered on courts 2 and 3 to conquer the doubles point over the Dores. Northwestern took that 1-0 advantage into singles play.
Starting singles strong, freshman Carolyn Campana defeated Northwestern’s Ogut, 6-0, in the first set followed by another shutout in the second set holding Ogut to zero points in the match. Campana’s victory earned the Commodores’ first point of the match to tie the score 1-1.
Earning the Dores second consecutive win on court 1, senior Fernanda Contreras battled against Northwestern’s Clarissa Hand for a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-2.
Advancing the Dores’ lead to 3-1, senior Emily Smith competed on court 5 against Rheeya Doshi, taking down the Wildcat 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Junior Christina Rosca took the court against Julie Byrne on court 2 and quickly dominated the first set, 6-2. Rosca dropped the first set, 2-6, but regained strength in the third set, 6-2, to clinching the match for Vanderbilt.
After the clinch, coaches decided to continue play on the remaining courts where freshman Georgia Drummy continued her winning streak by defeating Lee Or, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
The Commodores closed out the match against Northwestern, 5-2, and next head to the ITA Indoor Nationals this weekend with a 3-1 record.
“We have a lot of respect for Northwestern. They played a quality doubles point and for us to regroup to win on five out of six courts is incredible. They’re a great team so we view this as a quality win,” said head coach Geoff Macdonald.
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