May 11, 2012
Vanderbilt, in its 18th straight NCAA appearance, defeated San Diego, 4-1, in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship at USC's Marks Stadium on Friday (May 11).
The Commodores improved to 17-7 on the season and to 36-17 all-time in NCAA action. San Diego, the 2012 WCC Champons, finish the season at 13-10 after appearing in its second straight NCAA tournament and 11th overall in program history.
Vanderbilt captured the doubles point in a more than 90-minute battle with San Diego. The Commodores' Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares raced to a 6-1 lead at No. 2 doubles before the Toreros' Maja Sujica and Anna Depenau won the next four games to close to 6-5. Antal and Casares, however, closed out the first doubles set at 8-5.
Meanwhile, Nos. 1 and 3 doubles were both engaged in tight back-and-forth action. With San Diego ahead 7-6 on court 3, Vanderbilt's No. 1 doubles tandem of Lauren Mira and Jackie Wu came back from 6-7 and 7-8 deficits to force a tiebreak at 8-8. The Commodore duo won the tiebreak at 7-5 for a 9-8 win to lock up the doubles point.
Mira made quick work of San Diego's Stephanie Hoffpauir at No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-1, to give Vanderbilt a 2-0 lead. Commodore teammate Nelly Radeva made it 3-0 minutes later with a 6-1, 6-0 win over the Toreros' Marite Raygada at No. 5 singles.
San Diego got on the scoreboard when Sujica swept Gornet at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Soon after, however, Vanderbilt's Antal defeated San Diego's Depenau, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch the Commodores' trip into the second round. USD's Juliette Coupez at No. 1 and Laura Claus at No. 3 singles were both battling tough in their singles matches before having their contests suspended.
Vanderbilt will the play the winner of No. 5 seed USC and Fairfield, which follows the earlier match.
Vanderbilt 4, San Diego 1
Marks Tennis Stadium - May 11, 2012
(1) #30 Wu-Mira (Vanderbilt) def. Coupez-Claus (USD) - 9-8 (5)
(2) Antal-Casares (Vanderbilt) def. Sujica-Depenau (USD) - 8-5
(3) Radeva-Gornet (Vanderbilt) vs. Hoffpauir-Brown (USD) - 6-7, susp.
Vanderbilt wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2,1
(1) #42 Jackie Wu (V) vs. #112 Juliette Coupez (USD) - 7-5, 2-3, susp.
(2) #94 Lauren Mira (V) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) - 6-0, 6-1
(3) Marie Casares (V) vs. Laura Claus (USD) - 3-6, 3-3, susp.
(4) Ashleigh Antal (V) def. Anna Depenau (USD) - 6-2, 6-2
(5) Nelly Radeva (V) def. Marite Raygada (USD) - 6-1, 6-0
(6) Maja Sujica (USD) def. Megan Gornet (V) - 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 2,5,6,4
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