Vanderbilt coach Geoff Macdonald picks up 500th career victory
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald picked up his 500th career victory Friday, as the Commodores defeated Missouri 7-0 at the Missouri Tennis Complex.
Macdonald becomes one of just 11 Division I head coaches to reach 500 career wins and is one of seven active coaches to have reached the milestone. The Vandy head coach is in his 20th season with the Commodores, and coach for six years prior to that at both Duke (three seasons) and LSU (three seasons). Macdonald holds a career record of 500-183, including a record of 386-147 with the Commodores.
"It's an incredible milestone," Macdonald said. "To be honest I had no idea I was that close until I received a text from a friend of mine yesterday."
Vanderbilt (10-3, 3-0 SEC) got off to a good start in its first SEC road match of the season winning the doubles point for the seventh consecutive time.
Freshman Sydney Campbell rejoined the team after sitting out nearly two months due to injury. She teamed up with Georgina Sellynat No. 3 doubles. The duo, playing together for the first time this season, clinched the point with a 8-5 win.
Marie Casares and Frances Altick set up the clinch with their 8-2 win at No. 2. No. 36 Lauren Mira and Courtney Coltonwent went unfinished, leading 7-6.
"With Sydney back and Ashleigh out of the lineup [sickness], we played with two new doubles teams," Macdonald said. "We played a very disciplined match, I think our new combos really stepped up."
Vanderbilt kept its strong play going into singles, winning first sets on all six courts.
No. 81 Courtney Coltonput the Commodores up 2-0 winning quickly at No. 4. She knocked off Mizzou's Madison Rhyner 6-0, 6-1. Colton's win is her sixth consecutive after starting dual play 1-5.
Colton's doubles partner Mira put the `Dores up 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5. Altick knocked off Rachel Stuhlmann 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 to seal Macdonald's 500th career win.
Casares extended her match win streak to 15 with her 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles against Tracey Dong.
No. 60 Sellyn got her dual record back to .500 with a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8) win at No. 1.
No. 107 Campbell, at No. 2 singles, won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in her first match since Jan. 26.