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Tennis, lastly, received its season off to a stable begin

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After an extended, exhausting controversy spanning various Anchor of Gold posts, Vanderbilt Athletics lastly launched the ladies’s tennis fall schedule simply within the nick of time for the beginning of their season on the Debbie Southern Furman Fall Basic this previous weekend. That is the primary time the crew has performed all collectively since shedding within the Candy Sixteen of final 12 months’s NCAA Event. Regardless of what you could assume, given the crew’s end, we have been really ranked twenty sixth within the end-of-year ITA crew rankings. Why? As a result of disrespect for Vanderbilt Athletics is common. It spans all sports activities (besides bowling) with out exception (and perhaps baseball). We’ll want to attend till January to see if we earn any of that much-deserved respect within the first crew rating of the 12 months, however I feel we’ll.

On a extra particular person stage, Anna Ross, Holly Employees, and Anessa Lee, all completed final 12 months ranked 56th, 86th, and one hundred and first, respectively, with the previous two rating sixteenth in doubles following a visit to the NCAA doubles spherical of eight. These three begin the 12 months ranked fortieth, sixty fourth, and 76th with the previous two rating seventh in doubles. (Singles rankings out of 125 and doubles rankings out of 60) Expectations are excessive for the crew however particularly this group particularly to enhance on the run they put collectively final 12 months.

Day 1

Seven of the ten groups on the match completed final 12 months ranked close to or above Vanderbilt together with SEC rivals the Recreation Penises (28) and the Georgia Tech Buzz Butts (32). The Commodores went 3-3 in doubles and 6-1 in singles on the day, together with first-ever faculty victories by our three newcomers. There would not appear to be any massive particular person spotlight on the day, however as a crew we did win 4 of our singles matches in straight units. We misplaced what you’d anticipate us to lose on the doubles facet, with a pair like redshirt freshman Célia-Belle Mohr and sophomore Amy Stevens shedding to the nation’s Ninth-ranked doubles crew sophomore Kylie Bilchev and junior Ava Hrastar of Georgia Tech. However what? We nonetheless saved it shut at 8-6. I scent the makings of an ethical victory, people. The singles facet did not produce something too notable, with the only loss coming within the ranked matchup between Ross and Bilchev. Nice day, all issues thought-about.

Day 2

We received an enormous win from Marcella Cruz and Bridget Stammel over a pair of high 100 Duke gamers to maintain us 2-1 in doubles on the day. Stammel, a freshman, would beat 57th-ranked Brianna Shvets, a grad scholar, once more in singles later within the day. Looks like soccer ain’t the one crew on the recruiting warpath. We actually wanted that win, too, as a result of the remainder of the crew kinda allow us to down. Vanderbilt completed the day 2-5 in singles, with first 12 months Sonya Macavei offering the one different win. The massive story of the day regardless of her loss di lei, as identified by parlagi, is Célia-Belle Mohr taking the 2nd finest participant within the nation Sarah Hamner right down to the wire. In any other case, it sucked to see nice gamers like Lee and Employees drop video games towards opponents you’d anticipate them to beat, nevertheless it’s no massive deal this early within the season with issues nonetheless taking form. Heck it is barely a problem in any respect when first 12 months expertise is doing so nicely. Ross and Cruz ought to each have an additional 12 months of eligibility due to the pandemic, and if the brand new expertise is nearly as good as they’re displaying thus far, nicely I do know it is early nevertheless it may very well be a improbable signal that we’re about to have an incredible two years.

Day 3

What do day three and any room the place I am on my own have in frequent? Singles solely. Haha, get it? As a result of the crew definitely received after it, going 5-2 on the day. The far and away greatest win of the day was Stammel over Twenty eighth-ranked Carson Tanguilig of UNC. With this win, Stammel has began her faculty tennis profession off di lei with a mixed 6-0 file and a few big-time wins to her identify di lei. Transfer over AJ, Bridget is the one true SEC Freshman of the Week. The remainder of the crew did somewhat nicely, too, not conceding another large losses en path to a 13-8 singles file for the match. All-in-all on the finish of the begin to the season.

What’s Subsequent

I do not know an excessive amount of in regards to the panorama of faculty tennis, however it might appear that this crew is able to push previous the place they completed final 12 months once they subsequent play the primary week of October with each the ITA All-American Championships in Cary , NC and the June Stewart Invitational at house in Nashville. I anticipate massive issues, specifically rebounds from our veteran gamers who struggled and continued dominance from Bridget “Undefeated By means of 6 Matches” Stammel. Contemplating we made the spherical of sixteen final 12 months, saved most of our expertise, and added some high-level expertise, I’m going to go on and bounce to the conclusion that we’re successful all of it this 12 months. There’s loads of tennis left to play this fall, and I assume the yet-to-be scheduled winter and spring, too, however I actually do assume we may very well be in for an incredible run.

Oh and if you happen to’re questioning about males’s tennis, they host the Commodore Invitational at house this weekend. Go watch a match! Who is aware of, perhaps Pinman can be there. And even higher, his Mega Man-style brother Racket Man! Or perhaps they’re going to have a stream. I will need to look into it.

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