Vanderbilt women’s team fell against South Carolina


Vanderbilt University women’s tennis team, ranked no. 23, fell 4-1 yesterday, Sunday 19 March 2023, against no. 34 South Carolina, dropping to 2-4 in the SEC. Now Vanderbilt will come back to play on Friday, March 24 at Arkansas and Sunday, March 26, at Missouri.

In singles, three of the first sets decided in tiebreaks and all but two matches ending in three sets. Dores were unable to muster up points on singles courts.

In doubles, Celia-Belle Mohr and Marcella Cruz finished first with their 6-3 win on court 2, putting Vanderbilt in position to clinch the doubles point. On Court 3, Anessa Lee and Bridget Stammel came back from a 4-1 deficit to win their match 7-5, giving the team the lead going into singles. While on Court 1 she did not finish her game, Anna Ross and Holly Staff traded leads with South Carolina’s Ayana Akli and Allie Gretkowski to end it in a 6-6 tie.

Women’s doubles

Ross/Staff (Vandy) vs Akli/Gretkowski 6-6 (5-4), unfinished
Mohr/Cruz (Vandy) def. Hamner/Mulville 6-3
Lee/Stammel (Vandy) def. Malkin/Mills 7-5

Women’s singles

#7 Ayana Akli (South Carolina) def. No. 48 Celia-Belle Mohr 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-5
#14 Sarah Hamner (South Carolina) def. No. 80 Anna Ross 6-3, 6-4
Gracie Mulville (South Carolina) def. #60 Bridget Stammel 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-2
No. 111 Staff (Vandy) vs. Misa Malkin 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 2-4 unfinished
Elise Mills (South Carolina) def. #113 Anessa Lee 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Amy Stevens (Vandy) vs McKenna Schaefbauer 5-7, 7-5, 3-4 unfinished

About the Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a university in Nashville, Tennessee. It was founded in 1873 by Cornelius Vanderbilt with a donation of one million dollars. It hosts around 13,000 students.

Vanderbilt spent $738 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 31st in the nation. In 2013, Vanderbilt University was ranked ninth in the country in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Vanderbilt is ranked the 116th best university in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and 33rd in the United States by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. 

The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Vanderbilt as the 62nd-best university in the world. Additionally the ARWU Field rankings in 2015 placed Vanderbilt as 18th best in the world for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, and 21st in Social Sciences.

Vanderbilt is a founding and charter member of the Southeastern Conference and for a half-century has been the conference’s only private school. The university fields six men’s and ten women’s intercollegiate teams and has won five NCAA championships.

Photo credits: Vanderbilt University website

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