All-division preview: No. 5 Vandy aims to break Florida's 129-match streak
Fifth-ranked Vanderbilt will close the regular season on the road this weekend with matches at No. 11 Florida on Friday and No. 35 South Carolina on Sunday.
Vanderbilt (17-4, 10-1 SEC) enter this weekend's action in a three-way tie for first with Georgia and Kentucky. Sitting all alone in second place is Florida at 9-2. The Commodores come into the week as the highest-ranked SEC team in the ITA rankings at No. 5. Vandy sits just ahead of Georgia (No. 8), Alabama (No. 9) and Texas A&M (No. 10).
The Commodores are coming off a 5-0 homestand, in which they handed both Georgia and Alabama their first losses of the season in back-to-back matches. Vanderbilt has won seven consecutive matches and 14 of its past 15 dating back to Feb. 15.
Vandy heads into Gainesville on Friday with five ranked singles players and five ranked doubles teams. Leading the `Dores in the rankings is Frances Altick at No. 62. Just behind Altick is Sydney Campbell at No. 67 and Georgina Sellyn at No. 70.
Four Commodores have eclipsed the 20-win mark this season led by junior Marie Casares who has posted an overall mark of 29-4. Casares remains on her nation's-best 21-match win streak despite her past two matches going unfinished. Also in the 20-win club is Altick at 26-6, Sellyn at 24-15 and Ashleigh Antal at 23-9.
Florida (17-4, 9-2 SEC) will be looking to extend its 129-match home win streak against the fifth-ranked Dores. The Gators have six ranked players going in Friday's match, three of which are ranked in the top 30.
Around DI: Second-ranked UCLA hosts a pair of top-25 opponents in No. 25 Arizona on Friday and No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday. ... No. 8 Georgia and No. 9 Alabama will meet on Friday in the matchup of two of the tree teams tied atop the SEC standings. The Bulldogs go on to face No. 24 Auburn on Sunday and the Crimson Tide will see No. 31 Tennessee on Sunday.
Around DII: Second-ranked Armstrong Atlantic ventures out of conference on Friday to face No. 15 Valdosta State. ... Sixth-ranked Columbus State takes on ninth-ranked West Florida on Saturday.
Around DIII: Bowdoin is the site for some of the biggest matches this weekend. On Friday, the No. 7 Polar Bears face fourth-ranked Amherst and second-ranked Emory on Sunday. On Saturday, Amherst squares off against Emory. ... Newly minted No. 1 Williams faces No. 18 Tufts on Saturday. ... No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer sees No. 16 La Verne on Friday. ... No. 9 Washington (Mo.) faces No. 23 Case Western on Saturday and No. 12 Chicago on Sunday.