Final weekend, Vanderbilt competed within the Music Metropolis Scramble, one in all three tournaments scheduled for the autumn season.
Vanderbilt ladies’s tennis took the courtroom for the primary time this season on the Music Metropolis Scramble, the primary of three fall season competitions, from Oct. Sept. 11. The match featured matchups in opposition to SEC opponents Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee, with Vanderbilt’s singles and doubles seeing loads of motion at Vanderbilt’s Currey Tennis Heart. The Commodores went 2-1 in singles play and 0-1-2 in doubles play.
The Commodores concluded their abbreviated 2019 season with a 7-3 total document and rank of fifteenth nationally. The crew didn’t take part in postseason play as a result of NCAA’s cancellation of all spring sports activities championships because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Friday, Vanderbilt confronted Auburn in doubles and Tennessee in singles. Whereas sophomore Marcela Cruz led the cost in singles, defeating her opponent in straight units, 6-3, 6-2, for one in all two Commodore singles wins, the remainder of the matches had been intently contested;two of the singles matches went into a 3rd set. Freshman Holly Workers alo picked up her first win as a Commodore, pulling out a three-setter, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
One other shiny spot of the singles session was graduate scholar Emma Kurtz’s efficiency in a “make-up” match in opposition to a Tennessee participant who couldn’t play Auburn on Saturday. Regardless of shedding her match to Auburn’s Selin Ovunc after main one set to none, Kurtz got here again with a fireplace, capturing the match in straight units.
“She performed actually, rather well. She was aggressive. She was on the lookout for alternatives. She was probably the most opportunistic I’ve seen her all weekend,” head coach Alexa Tsousbanos stated.
Later within the day, Vanderbilt cut up doubles play with Tennessee 2-2.
When Saturday’s matches had been pressured inside as a consequence of rain from Hurricane Delta, the Commodores had been met with challenges, based on Tsousbanos.
“The opposite problem when you’re indoors is ensuring you’re heat and able to go on.”
Tsoubanos additionally pointed to rules relating to social distancing, masks carrying and designated areas for groups as new obstacles for her crew as a result of pandemic however stated the athletes dealt with all of it in stride.
“I feel all the coed athletes dealt with that basically effectively. It was good to have a weekend the place everybody was grateful to be taking part in.”
As for the motion on the courtroom, Vanderbilt confronted off with Ole Miss in singles, prevailing 4-1. Like Workers the day prior, freshman Anessa Lee picked up her first Vanderbilt win, in straight units. Tsousbanos talked about that she began to seek out her footing and praised each freshmen’s attitudes.
“We noticed a number of grit and dedication from each of them, which is basically what each coach desires to see when you may have freshman,” Tsousbanos stated.
Cruz and Kurtz continued to roll, each profitable in straight units with senior Amanda Meyer additionally choosing up her first win of the weekend.
On the ultimate day of motion, Vanderbilt matched up with Tennessee for singles, which noticed them earn their second victory of the weekend over the Volunteers, 3-2. Kurtz capped off an undefeated weekend, whereas Workers and Lee picked up their second wins of their younger careers, all in straight units. Regardless of the loss, Tsousbanos praised Cruz’s competitiveness.
“She’s studying quite a bit,” Tsousbanos stated. “She’s making an attempt to enhance the areas of her recreation the place she’s somewhat extra poor. And she or he’s very open to teaching.”
On the doubles aspect, Vanderbilt closed the weekend with a 1-1 draw in opposition to Auburn.
Total, Tsoubanos was happy with the trouble and the course of her squad because the Commodores look towards the following two fall competitions.
“Beneath the circumstances, I feel we’re in a reasonably good place. I feel I can say for nearly [match] we competed so effectively. In order that’s actually pleasing to me that we’re in a extremely aggressive area within the SEC and we’re dealing with that basically effectively,” Tsoubanos stated.
Moreover, the Music Metropolis Scramble proved to be a terrific expertise for each youthful and older gamers as they put together for the season.
“They’re all simply excited to be on the market once more, and took benefit of nice competitors,” Tsoubanos stated.
The Commodores will journey to Knoxville Oct. 16-18 for the second fall season competitors, the UT Fall Invite and face Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.