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    Georgia's Diaz Reaches Milestone With Win

    STARKVILLE, Miss. --- The seventh-ranked Georgia men’s tennis team picked up a convincing 4-1 win on the road at No. 11 Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at the AJ Pitts Tennis Centre, and with the win Bulldog head coach Manuel Diaz moved into sole possession of second place on the SEC wins list behind only Georgia legend Dan Magill.

    Due to the threat of inclement weather in the area, the teams played singles first to be followed by doubles if necessary, but Georgia snagged the necessary four victories to seal it and improve to 10-4 (2-1 SEC) on the season. MSU fell to 12-4 (2-2) with the loss.

    “I’m always apprehensive about changing things up, but with the weather coming in it was a smart decision,” Diaz said. “My concern was trying to get the guys in the right mindset for singles when they’re used to playing doubles first, but they came out ready and we played a great match. Mississippi State is a very good team and they’re tough to beat at home. They’re well-coached and very competitive, but I am very proud of our guys for fighting the way they did.”

    Georgia and MSU split first sets in singles and Georgia took a 1-0 lead when State’s 23rd-ranked Romain Bogaerts retired due to injury trailing 11th-ranked KU Singh 6-2, 4-0 at No 1. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead when freshman Austin Smith downed Zach White 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4, and it increased to 3-0 when No. 42 Nathan Pasha defeated Jordan Angus 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3. It was the team-leading 21st win of the season for the Georgia sophomore.

    Mississippi State got on the board at No. 6 with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win for Pedro Dumont over Garrett Brasseaux to make it 3-1, but Georgia answered with a match-clinching 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win for No. 72 Hernus Pieters over Stefan Vinti at No. 5. With the score 4-1, the match at No. 2 between No. 95 Ben Wagland and No. 59 Malte Stropp was suspended with Stropp leading 7-6(3), 5-2, and the teams did not play doubles.

    Today’s win gave Diaz a total of 569 wins for his career as an SEC head coach, passing former Kentucky coach Dennis Emery for second place. Diaz now trails only Dan Magill, who won 706 matches at UGA in 34 seasons between 1955-88.

    “I don’t give it much thought - it’s nice for me to have my name next to Coach Magill’s,” Diaz said. “It’s not something I think much about, but I do appreciate the fact that I’ll be there with him in the record book.”

    Following a 1-1 split this weekend the Bulldogs return home next weekend to host Florida and South Carolina March 15-17 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
     



    UGA Women Blank Mississippi State

    ATHENS, Ga.—Ninth-ranked Georgia stayed perfect in conference play, defeating Mississippi State 7-0 on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Georgia swept the doubles point, and then won every singles match in two sets to complete the shutout.

    Georgia (9-1, 3-0) now holds a 35-0 record against Mississippi State (5-6, 0-4), including an 18-0 mark in Athens.

    “That was a well-played match,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “Everyone on the court was working on the things that we’ve been talking about [in practice] that we need to do to get better. From a coaches standpoint, it was a very exciting day because everyone was engaged, coachable and playing with some great Bulldog tenacity.”

    The freshmen duo of Mia King and Makenzie Craft shut out Mississippi State’s Sarai Flores and Lien Van Geel on court three with a quick 8-0 win. Late on court two, Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase secured the doubles point with an 8-2 victory over Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc. With the doubles point clinched, the ninth-ranked doubles team of Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia won in a tiebreaker, 8-7(6), maintaining their perfect record on the season.

    In singles, Garcia, ranked 97th nationally, finished first and picked up her seventh consecutive victory 6-3, 6-2. She now has 12 wins this season and sports a team-high .923 winning percentage. Craft improved to 15-9 this season, beating Mississippi State’s Flores 6-1, 6-2. Fuller, ranked 116th, clinched the Georgia victory on court four with a 6-1, 6-2 win and her 20th of the season.

    Ninth-ranked Herring and 15th-ranked Kowase closed Sunday with 6-0, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-1 wins, respectively.

    Georgia will return to the courts to host Notre Dame on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The match will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex and admission is free.

     



    Texas A&M Defeats Kentucky

    LEXINGTON, Ky.—The fourth-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team defeated No. 44 Kentucky, 5-2, today at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex. It was the eighth consecutive win for the Aggies, who improve to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the SEC.

    Doubles began with A&M twins Ines and Paula Deheza coasting to an 8-1 victory over Khristina Blajkevitch and Jessica Stiles at the No. 3 line. While that match would be quickly decided, the other two doubles contests would turn into back-and-forth affairs that would go down to the wire.

    At the No. 1 court, A&M’s 11th-ranked duo of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu jumped out to a 5-2 lead against Caitlin McGraw and Nadia Ravita, but too many unforced errors by the Aggies allowed Kentucky to not only get back into the match but to take a 7-5 lead. With the Wildcats at match point, the Aggies fought back and managed to hold serve to tie the score at 7-7. The teams later remained tied at 8-8, forcing a seven-point tiebreaker.

    Kentucky quickly jumped out to 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker, but Stancu had several great saves as the Aggies rallied to win the next six points to win the match and clinch the doubles point for A&M. With the win, the pair improves to 16-5 overall, 7-2 in dual matches and 3-0 in league play.

    Kentucky’s Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and CeCe Witten prevented the doubles sweep, overcoming a 7-5 deficit to defeat A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun, 9-7 at No. 2.

    The Aggies quickly took command in singles, winning the first set on five of six courts. Stancu, who was celebrating her 23rd birthday, gave A&M a 2-0 lead as she finished off Stiles, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 court.

    Ines Deheza put A&M ahead, 3-0, with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Morin-Kougoucheff at No. 4, and Nazari Urbina clinched the victory for the Aggies with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Blajkevitch at the No. 3 court. It marked Urbina’s 91st career victory, moving her into a tie with former Aggie standout Morgan Frank for seventh place in the A&M career singles records.

    Stephanie Fox put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over A&M’s Anna Mamalat at No. 6.

    Hristov and McGraw split sets at the No. 5 line, and with the overall match already determined, the two played a 10-point super tiebreaker to decide the winner. The score was knotted at 6-6 when Hristov began to pull away for the 10-7 win to give A&M a 6-1 lead.

    The Wildcats (11-4, 2-2 SEC) closed out the match by posting their second and final point as 51st ranked Ravita upset Aggie All-American and sixth-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar at No. 1 singles. Sanchez-Quintanar jumped out to a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-2 win in the first set, but the second set was tied at 4-4 when Ravita pulled away for a 6-4 win. The Wildcat would end up winning seven consecutive games over the final two sets to build a 5-0 third set lead. Sanchez-Quintanar won the next two games before Ravita closed out the 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win to make the final score, 5-2. It was only the fifth loss for Sanchez-Quintanar, who falls to 27-5 overall and 8-2 in dual matches.

    A&M returns home Wednesday to play host to Virginia. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies defeated the then-No. 12 Cavaliers, 4-1, earlier this season at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va.

    Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook.
     



    Auburn Men Take Down Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Auburn men's tennis team made it a weekend sweep on their initial SEC road trip of the season, defeating Arkansas 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
     
    With today's win, 37th-ranked Auburn (10-4, 2-2 SEC) put together an unbeaten conference road weekend along with Friday's 5-2 win at LSU. It marks the first time for the Tigers to win both matches on an SEC road trip since sweeping the same two opponents during the 2007 season. Arkansas fell to 11-7 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.
     
    "It was nice to have a complete weekend with two SEC wins on the road," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "We had to be inside, and we knew that Arkansas would be tough indoors. I thought the doubles did a good job today. Our number one team went up early and battled back after going down a break, and that's what you've got to do. It was nice to get the doubles point. We followed it up with a solid effort in singles. We did a good job of winning a lot of close first sets. That gave us some momentum later in the match. Dennis (Lengsfeld) was down 4-5 and 15-40 in the first set, but he held and went on a run and didn't lose another game. Overall, a successful weekend, and now we get ready for Alabama on Saturday."
     
    The Tigers got on the board early, claiming the doubles point with wins from the top two spots in the lineup. Lucas Lopasso and Dennis Lengsfeld finished first, taking down Gregoire Lehmann and Mike Ward 8-6. Auburn's top-ranked tandem of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane clinched the point with an 8-6 win of their own over Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott. On court three, Joseph Van Dooren and Lukas Ollert were in a tiebreaker with Santiago Munoz and Hall Fess when play was halted.
     
    Ollert won his fifth straight singles match and put the Tigers ahead 2-0 with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Ward, and Mies followed quickly with a win over Lehmann, 6-2, 6-2, to make it 3-0. Van Dooren clinched the victory for the Tigers on court 6, defeating Fess 6-4, 6-4.
     
    Lengsfeld kept the momentum going at the No. 5 singles spot with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Victor Hoang, and Cochrane earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jeske at the No. 2 position to give Auburn a 6-0 lead. Lopasso then fought back to force a third set on court four but fell to Nott as the match went the distance, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
     
    Auburn will be back on its home courts next Saturday, March 16, as archrival Alabama visits the Yarbrough Tennis Center for a 1 p.m. match. Admission is free to all Auburn home tennis matches.



    Alabama Downs LSU

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 53 LSU men's tennis team (5-6, 0-4 SEC) lost 6-1 to No. 31 Alabama (11-5, 2-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa at the UA Varsity Courts.
     
    "After a bit of a tough doubles point, we adjusted better to the windy conditions and got off to a good start in singles," head coach Jeff Brown said. "We were close and looking up and down the courts, we saw we had a chance at four points. We didn't capitalize on enough of those matches to get it done. The effort was there. The fight was there. We just have to keep working and get back to practice and se what we can do to improve from here."
     
    The afternoon was started when the Crimson Tide won the doubles point.
     
    On court two, LSU's duo of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh fell to Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura 6-8. The doubles point was secured for Alabama on court three by Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides defeated LSU's Olivier Borsos and Harrison Kennedy. The match on court one between LSU's No. 41 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski and Alabama's Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra was left unfinished with the Tide leading 7-6.
     
    The singles matches were closely contested throughout. Alabama extended their lead to 2-0 on court three when No. 85 O'Shaughnessey defeated LSU's Trinh 6-3, 6-4. The Tide extended their lead even further to 3-0 on court six when Kenyon bested LSU's Kennedy 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
     
    The Tigers picked up their first point to cut the lead to 3-1 when Szacinski defeated Tsangarides 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on court four.
     
    Alabama clinched the match on court two when Proskura bested LSU's Borsos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to give the Tide a 4-1 lead. The Tide added on to their lead on court five when Alabama's Vieyra defeated Mark Bowtell 7-6, 7-6 to push the lead to 5-1. The afternoon was wrapped up on court one when No. 100 Botha dealt a loss to LSU's Simpson 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
     
    The Tigers are on the road again for their next match this Friday, March 15 in College Station against No. 14 Texas A&M (11-5, 3-1 SEC) at 6 p.m. CT.
     
    For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's team on Twitter @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.



    Tide Women Down LSU, 6-1

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The sixth-ranked women’s tennis team dominated LSU on Sunday, beating the Tigers 6-1, at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference while LSU dips to 7-7 on the season and 0-4 against league opponents.
     
    Alabama earned its first point of the afternoon after winning the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. Alexa Guarachi and Mary Anne Macfarlane were broken early to fall behind 2-1 but would go on to win the next seven straight games for the 8-2 win. The Tide had match point on courts two and three but it would be Antonia Foehse and Maya Jansen finishing first, posting an 8-4 decision over Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenburger.
     
    Alabama would go on to win three straight singles matches to secure the team victory, getting its first singles win from Guarachi, 6-0, 6-2, on court two. From there, Jansen topped Ella Taylor 6-0, 6-4 on court three before Emily Zabor delivered the clinching victory on court four with a 6-1, 6-2 decision. LSU collected its lone point next with a 7-5, 6-3 win on court six before Alabama closed out the final two matches with Natalia Maynetto winning 6-4, 6-1 on court five and Macfarlane, 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-7 on court one.
     
    The Tide remains in Tuscaloosa next weekend when it hosts 14th-ranked Auburn on Friday. The match is slated to begin at 5 p.m. CT.



    No. 9 Rebels Down No. 10 Vols

    OXFORD, Miss. – For the first time this season, the No. 9 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team lost the doubles point and rallied to win a match, taking down No. 10 Tennessee 4-2 here Sunday at the Gillom Sports Center in front of a nice crowd on a rainy day.  
     
    With their two top-10 victories this weekend, the Rebels gained control of the SEC (4-0) earned their 10th win of the season.  On Friday, the Rebels rallied to knock off No. 7 Georgia 4-3 in thrilling fashion.
     
    As Chadwick stated, Tennessee was able to knock off the Rebel’s top duo, Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen, ranked No. 5 in the nation, at No. 1 doubles (8-3).  Despite another win (8-5) from the team of Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark at No. 2 doubles, the Volunteers would go on to win 8-6 at No. 3 to clinch the point.    
     
    Lindmark, playing just his second match at No. 3 singles, rebounded from a tough loss on Friday to defeat UT’s Brandon Fickey 6-4, 6-3 to square the match at 1.
     
    In all previous meetings indoors, Lutjen and Volunteer sophomore Hunter Reese have played three sets.  Not Sunday, as Lutjen stepped up and put away Reese impressively, 6-2, 6-3 to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead.
     
    In a battle between two top-20 players and two of the best No. 1 players in the SEC, sophomore Nik Scholtz dropped a tough three-setter to UT sophomore Mikelis Libietis at No. 1 singles.  Libietis, ranked No. 13 nationally, gained the only break in the first set to win it 6-4, but Scholtz took the second set 6-1.    Libietis got an early break in the third and that was all he needed to close out 12th-ranked Scholtz 6-3.  That tied the overall match at 2.
     
    Kallberg, the hero in Friday’s win over Georgia, came through in a big way against Tennessee.  Playing an opponent (Jarryd Chaplin) that has frustrated him indoors each time they’ve played, Kallberg rose to the occasion when his team needed him.    Chaplin served for the first set at 5-3, but Kallberg rallied to win it 7-5 and then he went up an early break on his way to winning the second set 6-3 to put the Rebels up 3-2.
     
    With court six having just finished the first set, Backstrom made sure it would not be needed as he finished off UT senior Ed Jones 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to clinch the victory.
     
    The Rebels are the only remaining undefeated team in SEC play.  “It’s great to be 4-0, but we’re not satisfied,” Backstrom said.   “We are going to keep going strong, and we are looking forward to the next opportunity and next challenge.”
     
    The next opportunity comes Thursday, March 14 as the Rebels welcome perennially power Baylor to the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center for a 1 p.m. match.
     
    Follow the Rebels on the Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.



    Lady Vols Secure Win Over Ole Miss

    KNOXVILLE - It was a tough battle, but the University of Tennessee women's tennis team came away with the hard fought 4-3 victory over Ole Miss Sunday afternoon in its first outdoor match of the 2013 season at Barksdale Stadium.
     
    Tennessee closed out its five-game home stand with a 4-1 record.
     
    "We played good doubles at all three spots and No. 1 has just been unbelievable so hopefully we keep that up as we go on the road next weekend," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "They had a good weekend and doubles was key for us today for sure."
     
    The Lady Vols improved to 4-5 on the year and 2-1 in the SEC with the victory also winning their fourth-straight meeting in Knoxville over the Rebels. Ole Miss dropped to 2-8 on the season and are still winless in SEC play (0-4) falling for the fifth consecutive match.
     
    Tennessee started the day off with a doubles sweep for the second match in a row. Brynn Boren and Kata Szkeley continued to dominate at No. 1 doubles as the nation's fifth-ranked team routed their opponent for the second consecutive match 8-0.
     
    With the win, Szekely took sole control of 12th place on the all-time doubles wins list with 89.
     
    Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams secured the doubles point for the Lady Vols with a 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles and Mimi Fotopoulos and Sarah Toti sealed the sweep with a comeback 8-6 win on court three.
     
    Though the doubles were a clean sweep, the singles competition was a battle.
     
    Ole Miss tied things up at one-all when Julia Jones defeated Williams in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles. However, Tennessee regained its lead after No. 43 ranked Szekely downed her No. 2 singles opponent Mai El Kamash 6-4, 6-3 to give the Lady Vols a 2-1 lead.
     
    Ole Miss netted the next two points of the match as Vief Vlaar came back to defeat Tiffany Tavares in a three set, fast-paced victory 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 on court six while Fotopoulos fell 7-5, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to Marija Milutinovic giving the Rebels a 3-2 match lead.
     
    But the Lady Vols were not done. Henderson who took her first set on court four by a 6-4 score, fell 6-0 in the second set. She started the third set behind, but battled and came away with a 6-4 victory to even the match score at three-all.
     
    Just a mere minutes later, the match was decided by Boren on court one as the 21st ranked player in the nation defeated her 39th ranked opponent Rhode-Moe 7-6 (5), 6-4 as the Lady Vols earned their second-straight win.
     
    "This was a great team confidence booster," said Boren. "For Jo [Henderson] to pull that match out, Kata [Szekey] to pull hers out, win the doubles point, to win this match it just meant everything to the team to be 4-5, one game away from .500. It is just awesome. I can't wait for next weekend."
     
    Tennessee will head out on the road for the first time in nearly a month when they travel to face No. 35 South Carolina and No. 5 Florida next weekend. Action begins in Columbia on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m.



    Vanderbilt Takes Down Mizzou

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Mizzou tennis team fell to No. 11 Vanderbilt 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn. The loss dropped the Tigers' record to 6-5 overall and 0-4 in Southeastern Conference action, while the Commodores improved to 10-5 and 3-1.
     
    Missouri claimed the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead over Vanderbilt. The duo of sophomore Elisha Gabb and freshman Madison Rhyner defeated Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles. The Tigers clinched the point when senior Maria Christensen and junior Rachel Stuhlmann posted an 8-4 win over No. 29 Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira at No. 2.
     
    Vanderbilt responded to take all six singles matches and the 6-1 victory. No. 107 Cierra Gaytan-Leach fell to No. 60 Mira, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 action, Stuhlmann dropped a 6-2, 6-2 match to Marie Casares at No. 2, and Christensen suffered a 6-1, 6-0 defeat to Colton at No. 3. Additionally, Vanderbilt's Ashleigh Antal beat sophomore Alex Clark at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1, and Rhyner fell to Altick, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.
     
    At No. 4 action, Gabb dropped the first set but came back to win the second, but ultimately fell to No. 64 Sellyn, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7.
     
    The Tigers remain on the road next weekend to face Arkansas and LSU. Mizzou competes against Arkansas on Friday, March 15 at 1 p.m. before facing LSU on Sunday, March 17 at 11 a.m. 



    Texas A&M Clips No. 5 UK

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 5 Kentucky fell to No. 14 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Complex after dropping the doubles point for the second-consecutive match and then singles matches on courts two, four and five.
     
    It is the first time all season that Kentucky has lost back-to-back matches, and it marks just the fourth loss on the season for UK who is 13-4 overall.
     
    In the doubles point, Kentucky got a win on court one from No. 19 Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai 8-4 over No. 15 Jackson Withrow/Junior Ore, which would be yet another win over a ranked doubles opponent for Kentucky’s top pair. The teams exchanged service holds for the opening seven games of the match before Jomby and Lai broke to go up 5-3 in the match. After matching holds, Jomby served out the match at 7-4 to collect the 8-4 win for the Wildcats on court one.
     
    After the Aggies clinched the match shortly after on court two, the deciding point in the match wound be on court three. Grant Roberts and Anthony Rossi fell down an early break and were never able to recover as the Aggies held on to win it and clinch the doubles point at 8-6. At 6-5, Rossi and Roberts took a 0-30 lead on the TAMU serve, but they were just too much to overcome as the Aggies took the early 1-0 lead in the match.
     
    In singles, Kentucky started out slow for the second-straight match as TAMU collected first-set wins on four of the six courts to start singles play. The second point of the match was decided on court four as Charles Minc was defeated 6-1, 6-1 to give the Aggies the 2-0 lead. 
     
    The lead would quickly be expanded to 3-0 overall as No. 18 Tom Jomby was upset on court two by Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M 6-3, 6-3. Jomby fell down quickly in both sets before making a comeback in the second set. The lead was too much to overcome as Jomby dropped just his third match all season.
     
    The match would be clinched on court five as Grant Roberts fell 6-3, 6-4 and it gave the Aggies the 4-0 win over Kentucky. Roberts fell down a break in the set and couldn’t convert on breaking Jordan Sbazo back as the Aggies won the match. 
     
    The four-match road swing continues next week for the Wildcats as they will travel to Southeastern Conference opponents Ole Miss and Mississippi State for an SEC Friday/Sunday series. The Wildcats are still tied atop the SEC Eastern Division with a 2-1 conference record.



    'Dores Sweep Singles and Down Mizzou

    NASHVILLE – No. 11 Vanderbilt bounced back after losing the doubles point to sweep all six singles matches en route to a 6-1 win over No. 57 Missouri Sunday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center.
     
    The Commodores (10-5, 3-1) bounced back from a tough loss Friday night to the fourth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies to hand Missouri (6-5, 0-4) its fourth-straight loss.
     
    Vanderbilt looked sluggish to start the day in doubles and Missouri would take full advantage by winning on courts Nos. 2 and 3. Elisha Gabb and Madison Rhyner took down Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn at No. 3, 8-4. Maria Christensen and Rachel Stuhlmann then clinched the doubles point at No. 2 with a win over Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira, 8-4.
     
    In singles, the Commodores played like the 11th-ranked team in the country by sweeping all six singles matches. At No. 1, Mira defeated Cierra Gaytan-Leach in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The win for the Baton Rouge, La., native was the 70th of her career.
     
    Marie Casares took down Stuhlmann, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot. Colton delivered that match-clinching win at No. 3 with her win over Christensen, 6-1, 6-0. The freshman from Davie, Fla., won her team-leading 17th match of the season.
     
    In the longest, and only three-set match of the day, Sellyn defeated Gabb, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7. When playing in the No. 4 position this season, Sellyn is a perfect 8-0 and now 4-0 in SEC play.
     
    Altick and Ashleigh Antal delivered the two quickest performances of the day at the Nos 6 and 5 positions. Altick cruised through her opponent, Rhyner, without dropping a single game, 6-0, 6-0, while improving her win streak to seven matches. Altick is sporting an 11-2 record in dual play and 4-0 record to start SEC competition.
     
    Antal won her fourth-straight match with all of them coming at the No. 5 spot. Antal defeated Alex Clark, 6-2, 6-1, to run her record to 11-1 in dual action.
     
    Vanderbilt wraps up its four-match homestand next weekend with visits from Mississippi State on Friday, March 15 (4 p.m. CT) and Ole Miss on Sunday, March 17 (1 p.m. CT).