Vanderbilt stifles Georgia Tech to pick up second-round 4-2 victory
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt is headed back to the Round of 16. The Commodores knocked off Georgia Tech 4-2 on Saturday in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt will face SEC-foe Florida in the Round of 16, which begins Thursday in Athens, Georgia.
Vandy (21-6) had clutch moments throughout the lineup all of which leading to Frances Altick at No. 2. Altick clinched the match for the `Dores, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7), just a few short weeks after clinching against No. 6 Alabama.
The Commodores jumped out to the early 1-0 advantage winning the doubles point for the 17th time this season. Frances Altick and Marie Casares earned a quick win at No. 2, knocking off Muriel Wacker/Natasha Prokhnevska 8-2. It was then Vandy's No. 1 team of Lauren Mira and Courtney Colton who clinched the point, defeating Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard.
Vanderbilt got off to a slow start in singles but then was able to work back and win four of six first sets.
Georgia Tech came out hot on courts No. 5 and No. 3, winning 6-3 and 6-1, respectively. At No. 5, Tech was able to even the score up winning 6-3, 6-0 against Ashleigh Antal.
With the match at 1-all the momentum was still up in the air, but the Commodores were able to take some of that as both Colton at four and Mira at six earned hard-fought first-set wins.
After winning 6-3 in the first set, Vandy's No. 1 player Sellyn struggled in the second set, battling an ankle injury. It was in the third set that Sellyn would regroup and chip away at Tech's Woodard, eventually winning the set in three, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
Prior to Sellyn's win at No. 1, Casares despite falling in straight sets, did a good job for the `Dores in extending the match and keeping the momentum away from the Jackets.
With the match at 2-all, Mira, in her final match at the Currey Tennis Centerm battled in the third set winning 6-3 in the second to set up the clinch.
With the third round within reach, it was Altick who was able to fight through a tough second-set tiebreak and clinch the match for the Dores 6-3, 7-6 (7). Altick's win was her 30th of the season.
Vanderbilt will face Florida at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in the Round of 16. The Commodores and Gators went head-to-head earlier this season in Gainesville. Florida won a very close doubles point before eventually winning the match 4-0. Vandy was in leading in three third-sets when the match was suspended.