NASHVILLE, TN -- The 15th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team was unable to snap No. 33 Vanderbilt’s nine-match winning streak and suffered a 6-0 loss to the Commodores today at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center.
The Aggies, who were shut out for the first time this season, fall to 12-3, while Vanderbilt improves to 11-4.
A&M dropped the doubles point after letting leads slip away on two courts. A&M’s Anna Blagodarova and Michelle Sammons held a 6-5 advantage against Liberty Sveke and Courtney Ulery at the No. 3 line, but the Vanderbilt pair reeled off three straight games to win the match, 8-6.
At the No. 2 line, A&M’s 22nd-ranked duo of Anna Lubinsky and Nicki Mechem held a 5-4 lead against Taka Bertrand and Catherine Newman but lost the next four games. The loss not only clinched the doubles point for the Commodores, but it also ended the Aggie tandem’s 11-match winning streak.
Tiffany Clifford and Sarah Foster prevented the doubles sweep, holding off 26th-ranked Amanda Fish and Amanda Taylor, 9-7, at No. 1. Vanderbilt fought off three match points at 7-4 and managed to tie the score at 7-all before Clifford and Foster rallied to win the next two games and earn their highest-ranked victory of the season.
Vanderbilt, which has four players nationally ranked in singles, won five singles matches in straight sets. With the overall match already determined, the last singles match did not finish so that A&M could catch its flight.
Ulery gave Vandy a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Clifford at the No. 5 line. The Commodores went up, 3-0, on Sveke’s 6-4, 6-4 win against Mechem at No. 6, and Taylor, ranked No. 32, clinched the win for Vandy with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Foster at the No. 2 line.
No. 49 Newman kept the Aggies scoreless with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Elze Potgieter at the No. 3 line. Bertrand, ranked No. 103, held off Blagodarova, 7-6, 7-5 at No. 4 to give Vanderbilt a 6-0 lead.
In a battle of ranked players, 35th-ranked Fish won the first set, 6-4, against 17th-ranked Lubinsky at No. 1 and held a 5-0 lead in the second set. Lubinsky then won five straight games to tie the set. Fish won the next game to go up, 6-5, but Lubinsky tied the score score again at 6-all.
With A&M in jeopardy of missing its flight, the match was halted with the score tied at 6-6.
The Aggies have a short break in the schedule before resuming play at home against Big 12 Conference-foe Colorado on Thursday, March 22. First serve is at 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The match represents the start of a six-match Big 12 homestand for the Aggies, who are 3-0 in conference play.
No. 33 Vanderbilt 6, No. 15 Texas A&M 0
1. (#17) Anna Lubinsky (A&M) vs. (#35) Amanda Fish (VU), did not finish
2. (#32) Amanda Taylor (VU) def. Sarah Foster (A&M), 6-2, 6-2
3. (#49) Catherine Newman (VU) def. Elze Potgieter (A&M), 6-2, 6-4
4. (#103) Taka Bertrand (VU) def. Anna Blagodarova (A&M), 7-6, 7-5
5. Courtney Ulery (VU) def. Tiffany Clifford (A&M), 6-3, 6-4
6. Liberty Sveke (VU) def. Nicki Mechem (A&M), 6-4, 6-4
Doubles (Vanderbilt wins the point)
1. Clifford/Foster (A&M) def. (#26) Fish/Taylor (VU), 9-7
2. Bertrand/Newman (VU) def. (#22) Lubinsky/Mechem (A&M), 8-5
3. Sveke/Ulery (VU) def. Blagodarova/Michelle Sammons (A&M), 8-6
Order of finish (D3, D2, D1, S5, S6, S2*, S3, S4)
Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center (Attendance: n/a)
Team records: Texas A&M (12-3); Vanderbilt (11-4)