Lincoln, Neb. - No. 16 Vanderbilt (2-0, 0-0 SEC) was crowned the champions of the ITA Kick-off Weekend in their 4-3 victory over No. 19 Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC) at the Nebraska Tennis Center. The championship match was a close one going through all six singles matches to decide the winner. Vanderbilt grabbed the doubles point in three matches before losing the lead in two quick singles. Georgia Tech’s lead was short-lived as the Commodores’ came back to tie the match then grabbed the victory on a third-set tie-breaker in the final singles match. With their win today, Vanderbilt secured a bid to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February.
Beginning the match in doubles, Georgia Tech’s No. 4-ranked Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey ousted Vanderbilt’s No. 28-ranked Ashleigh Antal and Sydney Campbell 6-3 at the No. 1 spot. Vanderbilt regained ground to split the doubles matches at the No. 2 position where Courtney Colton and Marie Casares toppled GTU’s Natasha Prokhnevska and Muriel Wacker 6-4. The point was decided at the No. 3 where VU’s Lauren Mira and Georgina Sellyn outpaced the Yellow Jackets’ Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer and Rasheeda McAdoo 7-5.
Vanderbilt had the advantage going into singles with a score of 1-0. Georgia Tech tied it up 1-1 at the No. 6 spot where Kurey scorched VU’s No. 102-ranked Antal 6-2, 6-1. The Yellow Jackets took the lead at 2-1 with a win by Kendal Woodard at the No. 1 position over the Commodores’ No. 78-ranked Campbell 6-4, 6-3.
Vanderbilt tied things up again at 2-2 at the No. 5 spot when VU’s Casares knocked off GTU’s Wacker 6-4, 6-3. Tech took the lead once again at the No. 2 position when the Yellow Jackets’ Prokhnevska defeated the Commodores’ Colton 6-4, 6-1 to make the score 3-2. Vanderbilt grabbed a win at the No. 4 spot where Frances Altick defeated Georgia Tech’s Anton-Ohlmeyer 6-2, 6-3 to even the score out at three points all.
The match was decided at the No. 3 where it went to a third-set tie-breaker in which Vanderbilt’s No. 48-ranked Sellyn won the nail-biter match over Georgia Tech’s McAdoo 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5). Vanderbilt won the action-packed match by a score of 4-3.
No. 16 Vanderbilt - 4
No. 19 Georgia Tech - 3
1. Kendal Woodard (GTU) def. No. 78 Sydney Campbell (VU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Natasha Prokhnevska (GTU) def. Courtney Colton (VU) 6-4, 6-1
3. No. 48 Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Rasheeda McAdoo (GTU) 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Frances Altick (VU) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GTU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Marie Casares (VU) def. Muriel Wacker (GTU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Megan Kurey (GTU) def. No. 102 Ashleigh Antal (VU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish (6, 1, 5, 2, 4, 3)
1. No. 4 Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey (GTU) def. No. 28 Ashleigh Antal/Sydney Campbell (VU) 6-3
2. Courtney Colton/Marie Casares (VU) def. Natasha Prokhnevska/Muriel Wacker (GTU) 6-4
3. Lauren Mira/Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer/Rasheeda McAdoo (GTU) 7-5.
Order of finish (1, 2, 3)