No. 11 Vanderbilt snaps nine-match win streak for third-ranked Georgia
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt rallied after dropping the doubles point to defeat Georgia 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores picked up wins at No. 6, 3, 4 and 2 to earn their first win against the Bulldogs since 2006.
Vanderbilt (14-4, 7-1 SEC) moves into a tie for second place in the Southeastern Conference with the win. Georgia's (13-4, 6-1 SEC) loss snaps its nine-match win streak, and leaves Alabama as the lone unbeaten team in the conference.
The `Dores got off to a rocky start as the Bulldogs won the doubles point in convincing fashion. UGA clinched the point with wins at Nos. 3 and 2. Vanderbilt hadn't won a match all season after dropping the doubles point -- until Sunday.
Singles began with each team taking three first sets.
VU picked up first set wins at Nos. 3, 4 and 6, none more impressive than Frances Altick's win at No. 3.
After breaking No. 15 Silvia Garcia twice on her first two serves to jump to a 3-0 lead, Altick fell behind as Garcia won the next five games. Facing two match points Altick was able to work back into the set breaking on on Garcia's next two serves to go up 6-5. Altick held on her next serve to take the set 7-5.
She would go on to keep total control in the second set and take the match 6-2 in the second set. With the win Altick improves to 24-6 on the season and 3-1 against ranked opponents.
Prior to the win at No. 3, Ashleigh Antal got the `Dores on the board with a straight-sets win at No. 6.
With the set at 4-all in the first, Antal would take over winning the next eight games to take the match 6-4, 6-0. Antal's win made it 1-1.
With the score at 2-2 after Altick's win at No. 3, Marie Casares set up the clinch for the Commodores with her 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win at No. 4.
Casares took down No. 45 Lilly Kimbell for her 20th consecutive win. Casares, from Quito, Ecuador, is currently riding the nation's longest win streak, and with Sunday's win ties the longest win streak of the season thus far. Casares improves to 28-4 on the season with her win.
Sydney Campbell, facing her highest ranked opponent in No. 21 Maho Kowase, pulled off an amazing second set comeback to split and force a third set. Down 2-4 in the second after dropping the first set 6-2, Campbell was able to chip away at 21st-ranked Kowase. Campbell, a freshman, worked the match to 5-all and broke Kowase's serve in the 11th game to go up 6-5. She held on her final serve to split and force a third set.
After her come-from-behind win in the second set, Campbell cruised in the third to take down Kowase 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 and clinch the match for the Commodores.