NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's tennis team opens up its 2012 spring season on Tuesday as they travel down the street to play #15 Vanderbilt. It will be the program's first match against the Commodores in the Division I era.
The Bruins hope to maintain the momentum they found in the fall during the spring campaign. During the fall season, BU competed in four tournaments and found success in each one of them. Junior transfer Carolyn Caire led the team with five singles wins in the fall, while senior Abbey Hogan posted four singles wins. In doubles, BU was paced by the duo of juniors Catherine Holliday and Fabiana Mersan, who went undefeated in the fall with a 3-0 record.
The spring season also sees the addition of newcomer on the Belmont roster. Sophomore Nikki Maciel, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, joins the program after spending last year competing for the University of the Pacific in California.
The Vanderbilt match is one of 19 Belmont will play during the 2012 spring season. At home, the Bruins will host the likes of Chattanooga, Western Kentucky, Central Arkansas, along with five A-Sun teams (Lipscomb, USC Upstate, ETSU, Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast), while the road schedule features trips to Vandy, Kentucky, future OVC foes Murray State and Austin Peay, and four A-Sun foes (Mercer, Kennesaw State, UNF, Jacksonville). The season wraps up at the A-Sun Championship on April 20-22, hosted this year by ETSU.
Tuesday's match between the Bruins and Commodores will begin at 4:00pm. It will be held indoors at Vanderbilt's Currey Tennis Center.