Vanderbilt University fell to Alabama

Dores continue their road trip, traveling to Auburn on Sunday

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Vanderbilt University fell to Alabama
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Vanderbilt University women's tennis team was defeated 4-3 by No. 13 Alabama, at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility. The Commodores continue their road trip, traveling to Auburn on Sunday.

Vanderbilt narrowly missed out on the doubles point, winning the first game before falling in the second and third. Bridget Stammel and Valeria Ray opened doubles with a 6-4 win against the Alabama duo of Anna Parkhomenko and Petra Sedlackova. Célia-Belle Mohr and Anessa Lee left the match to their Tide opponents, as did Sonya Macavei and Holly Staff on Court 3.

Mohr quickly earned a straight-sets singles victory over No. 31 Loudmilla Bencheikh, paving the way for the Dores to tie the match. Ola Pitak homered on No. 42 Stammel on Court 3, getting another run for Alabama. Amy Stevens and No. 122 Ray both reached three sets, with back-to-back wins against Priya Nelson and Klara Milicevic, respectively, to put the Commodores ahead by one, at 3-2.

Lee and Staff battled on courts 2 and 5, both entering the third set. Lee fell in the first set 7-5, regaining the second and falling in the third to No. 79 Sedlackova. Staff also fell in the third set to her Tide opponent after taking the first, but then dropping the final two and securing the victory for Alabama.

Coach Aleke Tsoubanos said after the match: "I am proud of the fight this team fought. They gave everything until the last point and it hurt because the difference between a team winning or losing was a handful of points. Our doubles was impressive for most of the season and Bridget and VRay played very well, but we didn't make the right adjustments early enough to get ourselves out in time on the 1st and 3rd.

Doubles can be so fast and I think that positivity and It will be important to have energy on all three fields in the future. Celia's singles play was simply incredible, one of the cleanest matches I've seen her play this year. At 4 and 6 we won the first sets and then lost the second sets, but Valeria and Amy were very impressive in their third set, taking us those two points. We will work through this in time, but right now we need to turn our attention to preparing for Auburn on Sunday."

Women's Singles:

1. No. 17 Mohr (Vanderbilt) def. No.31 Loudmilla Bencheikh 6-1, 6-2
2. No. 79 Sedlackova (Alabama) def. Lee 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
3. Ola Pitak (Alabama) def. No. 42 Stammel 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
4. No. 122 Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Milicevic 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3
5. Parkhomenko (Alabama) def. Line 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Stevens (Vanderbilt) def. Nelson 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Women's doubles:

1. No. 37 Bencheikh/Anne Marie Hiser (Alabama) def. No. 16 Mohr/Lee 6-3
2. Stammel/Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Parkhomenko/Sedlackova 6-4
3. Pitak/Milicevic (Alabama) def. Bastone/Macavei 7-5

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