Vanderbilt University women beat Alabama: today they'll face Texas A&M

Commdores will face Texas A&M at noon CT today, Friday April 21, 2023

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Vanderbilt University women beat Alabama: today they'll face Texas A&M

The Vanderbilt University women's tennis team beat Alabama 4-2 in its first match of the SEC Women's Tennis Championship, reaching the quarterfinals.
Commdores will face Texas A&M at noon CT today, Friday April 21, 2023.

Celia-Belle Mohr and Marcella Cruz defeated pair no. 36 by Anne Marie Hiser and Loudmilla Bencheikh bringing the Dores within one point of winning the doubles point. Anna Ross and Holly Staff finished shortly thereafter, giving the Dores the lead going into singles.

In singles, Bridget Stammel doubled the Dores' lead early with a straight set win on court 2. Anessa Lee increased Vanderbilt's lead after winning in straight sets on court 4. After falling on court 1 and court 5 , the Dores were able to wrap up the match with Amy Stevens' three-set win on court 6.

Coach Aleke Tsoubanos explained: "It was a fantastic match and I'm proud of the way our team competed to deliver a spirited victory. We played very well in the doubles and that point was key. There was momentum in the middle of singles, but we hit back really well, and Bridget and Anessa's straight set wins that got us within 3 points were absolutely huge.

I'm really proud of Amy's finish in that third set and can't wait to have a rematch with Texas A&M tomorrow. On a side note, I also give Alabama a lot of credit, it was a very different game than the one we played in Nashville.

I have the utmost respect for coach Mainz. He had a incredible career and always does things right, with integrity and gratitude for the privilege of being able to do this job. The SEC and all of college tennis will miss him dearly."

Women's Singles


119 Bencheikh def. No. 34 Mohr 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 89 Stammel def. Ola Pitak 6-2, 6-1
No. 117 Ross vs. Petra Sedlackova 7-5, 2-6, 5-3, unfinished
Lee (Vandy) def. Anna Parkhomenko 6-4, 6-1
Hiser def. Staff 6-4, 6-0
Stevens def. Klara Milicevic 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2

Women's Doubles

Mohr/Cruz (Vandy) def.

No. 36 Hiser/Bencheikh 6-4
Ross/Staff (Vandy) def. Sedlackova/Parkhomenko 6-3
Stammel/Lee (Vandy) vs. O. Pitak/Kasia Pitak 5-4, 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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