Kentucky womens tennis falls to Vanderbilt 5-2 on the road


Carter Skaggs

Kentucky Wildcats senior Carlota Molina awaits the ball during the Kentucky vs. Alabama womens tennis match on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Kentucky. Alabama won 4-1. Photo by Carter Skaggs | Staff

Sara Gibson, Reporter

No. 49 Kentucky womens tennis traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend where it fell to the Commodores 5-2, moving to 4-7 in conference play.

The Wildcats gave up the doubles point for the sixth time this season, starting with Lidia Gonzalez and Florencia Urrutia’s 6-3 loss after being up 3-1 to begin the match.

Falling next on doubles was Ellie Eades and Zoe Hammond who lost to the Commodores’ No. 73 doubles pair Celia-Belle Mohr and Marcella Cruz 6-2.

Looking to come back in singles, Elizabeth Stevens put on a dominating performance on court two, giving up just two games during a straight set 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 113 Anna Ross.

With the game now even at one, a highly anticipated matchup between No. 35 Urrutia and No. 32 Mohr saw Urrutia falling short against Vanderbilt 6-2, 6-1.

After Carlota Molina fell 6-1, 6-4 on court four, Vanderbilt was able to secure the win with No. 78 Bridget Stammel taking down Eades in a tightly contested matchup 6-4, 6-3.

Gonzalez also fell 7-5, 6-2 to round out scoring for Vanderbilt, but Hammond gave the Wildcats their final point with 6-2 straight set victories to make the final score 5-2.

The loss puts Kentucky at 12-11 on the season while they will look to bounce back for senior weekend starting with No. 2 Texas A&M on Friday, April 14, at noon EST and LSU on senior day on Sunday, April 16, at noon EST.