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Women’s Tennis: Mohr reaches quarterfinals of ITA Nationals, Vanderbilt dominates at Auburn Invite

Over the past week, Célia-Belle Mohr, Bridget Stammel and Anessa Lee competed in the ITA National Fall Championships.
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Ashley Hofflander
Team huddles up after a long tournament as photographed on Sept. 24, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Ashley Hofflander)

After excellent runs in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, which ended in Célia-Belle Mohr losing to fellow Commodore Bridget Stammel in the finals, both Mohr and Stammel received spots to compete in the ITA National Fall Championships for singles play. Additionally, after Mohr and doubles partner Anessa Lee placed first in doubles play in the same Ohio Valley tournament, the duo earned a spot in the doubles competition of the ITA National.

In her opening match in ITA National singles play, No. 12 Mohr advanced to the championship draw with a three-set win over No. 47 Jessica Alsola. Mohr was victorious on the next day, beating No. 8 Anastasiya Komar in straight sets. Mohr’s play ended on Friday, Nov. 3, with a singles quarterfinals loss to USC’s Emma Charney and a doubles loss for her and partner Lee in the consolation draw. 

This doubles loss was after a strong performance by the duo on Thursday that saw them bounce back from an opening round defeat against tough opponents in Michigan’s No. 4 Kari Miller and Jaedan Brown. Back in singles play, Stammel lost a challenging opening match to No. 25 Sarah Hamner and was eliminated from the consolation draw after a loss to Florida’s Emily De Oliveira. 

With Mohr, Stammel and Lee competing in San Diego, the five remaining members of the team put together a strong showing in the Auburn Invite. On Friday, four Commodores were victorious in singles play, all winning in straight sets. In doubles play, Amy Stevens and Sonya Macavei defeated their Ole Miss opponents 6-4, while Holly Staff and Valeria Ray lost to Rebels’ Lucie Devier and Emma Kette 5-7. 

This strong opening day performance was improved upon in Day Two as the five Commodores competing — Staff, Ray, Stevens, Macavei and Naomi Katz — all easily won their singles matches in straight sets. In doubles play, Vanderbilt was just as successful, with both pairs defeating their opponents, contributing to the final 7-0 Day Two result. 

Saturday’s sweep was matched with a second 7-0 finish in the final day of the Auburn Invite. Again, all five players were victorious in two sets, and again, both doubles pairs defeated their opposing teams. Overall, across the three days of competition, Vanderbilt finished with a stellar combined score of 19-2 in singles and doubles to wrap up its fall season.

ITA National Fall Championships Results: 

Wednesday

Singles

No. 12 Célia-Belle Mohr (Vanderbilt) def. No. 47 Jessica Alsola (California) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4

No. 25 Sarah Hamner (South Carolina) def. No. 67 Bridget Stammel (Vanderbilt) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

No. 4 Kari Miller/Jaedan Brown (Michigan) def. Célia-Belle Mohr/Anessa Lee (Vanderbilt) 6-2, 4-6, 11-9

Thursday

Singles 

Championship Draw: No. 12 Mohr (Vanderbilt) def. No. 8 Anastasiya Komar (Oklahoma State) 6-4, 6-4

Consolation Draw: Emily De Oliveira (Florida) def. No. 67 Stammel (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles 

Consolation Draw: No. 12 Mohr/Lee (Vanderbilt) def. Andrea Beltran/Britt Pursell (Denver) 6-3, 6-1

Friday

Singles 

Championship Draw: Emma Charney (USC) def. No. 12 Mohr (Vanderbilt) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles 

Consolation Draw: No. 12 Mohr/Lee (Vanderbilt) def. Yujia Huang/Jacque Dunyon (Brigham Young) 6-3, 6-3

Auburn Invite Results:

Friday

Singles

Amy Stevens (Vanderbilt) def. Klara Milicevic (Alabama) 6-1, 6-4

Sonya Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Sara Snyder (Furman) 7-6 (1), 6-1

Holly Staff (Vanderbilt) def. Ellie Schulson (Furman) 6-4, 6-3

Valeria Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Maeve Thornton (Furman) 6-4, 6-2

Macy Hitchcock (Furman) def. Naomi Katz (Vanderbilt) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles

Stevens/Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Rachel Krzyzak/Reka Zadori (Ole Miss) 6-4

Lucie Devier/Emma Kette (Ole Miss) def. Staff/Ray (Vanderbilt) 7-5

Saturday

Singles

Staff (Vanderbilt) def. Milicevic (Alabama) 6-2, 6-3

Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Olivia Dorner (Penn State) 6-4, 6-0

Stevens (Vanderbilt) def. Karly Friedland (Penn State) 6-1, 6-2

Katz (Vanderbilt) def. Kate Zink (Penn State) 6-2, 6-3

Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Danielle Alamo (Penn State) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles

Staff/Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Loudmilla Bencheikh/Margaux Maquet (Alabama) 6-3

Stevens/Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Alina Tsyurpalevych/Sophia Hatton (Clemson) 6-2

Sunday

Singles

Katz (Vanderbilt) def. Alamo (Penn State) 6-1, 6-1

Staff (Vanderbilt) def. No. 119 Alina Mukhortova (Wisconsin) 6-4, 7-6 (2)

Ray (Vanderbilt) def. No. 57 Maria Sholokhova (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-3

Stevens (Vanderbilt) def. Karolina Jacobson (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-4

Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Rosie Garcia Gross (Wisconsin) 6-4, 7-5

Doubles

Staff/Ray (Vanderbilt) def. Qavia Lopez/Carly Briggs (Florida) 6-2

Stevens/Macavei (Vanderbilt) def. Bente Spee/Sara Dahlstrom (Florida) 6-2

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Katelyn Rowan, Staff Writer
Katelyn Rowan (‘27) is planning to major in English and history in the College of Arts and Science. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her watching football, baseball or film adaptations of Jane Austen books, which she also rereads whenever she gets the chance. You can reach her at [email protected].
Ashley Hofflander, Staff Photographer
Ashley Hofflander (‘27) is from Las Vegas, and is planning on majoring in medicine, health and society with a business minor on the pre-dental track. When not taking photos for The Hustler, she is probably at a coffee shop doing work and listening to music. You can reach her at [email protected].
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