2002-03 Vanderbilt Tennis Schedules Highlighted By 34 Ranked Teams From 2001-02 Season 8/19/02

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will look to carry their success over from last season into the 2002-03 campaign; however the two teams will take on a combined 34 teams that were ranked in the top 75 of last year’s final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.

The schedule for the men’s team, which finished last season ranked No. 36 after making the second round of the NCAA Tournament, is highlighted by home matches against No. 2 Georgia, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 8 Kentucky. All 11 teams in the Southeastern Conference were ranked in the top 40 last season. Other conference home matches include No. 12 Auburn and No. 18 Alabama.

The Commodores’ non-conference schedule includes home matches against No. 21 Ohio State, who Vanderbilt defeated 4-3 in the first round of the last year’s NCAA Tournament, No. 49 Louisville, No. 68 Furman, Charleston Southern, Tennessee-Martin and Tennessee-Chattanooga. Head coach Ken Flach’s squad will hit the road to take on in-state rival Middle Tennessee State, who finished No. 32 in the final ITA rankings, No. 38 Tulane and No. No. 43 Tulsa.

“We are very excited to get started,” head coach Ken Flach said. “Our schedule has always been challenging, but I feel we have a team in place that can meet the challenge.”

The men’s team returns six players from last year’s team, including All-American Bobby Reynolds, two transfers and one freshman.

After a successful 2001-02 season, which saw the Vanderbilt women’s team finish with a national ranking of No. 7 and set a school-record for wins with 27, the Commodores will face another challenging schedule. A home match with No. 2 Florida and road matches at No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Duke and No. 12 Tennessee highlight head coach Geoff Macdonald’s schedule.

Other home conference matches against No. 35 Mississippi, No. 51 Louisiana State, Arkansas and South Carolina will also be on the team’s slate. The non-conference home schedule includes matches with No. 21 Georgia Tech, No. 26 South Alabama, No. 52 Iowa, No. 57 Virginia, No. 62 Michigan State, No. 63 Middle Tennessee State and No. 74 Tulsa. Pennsylvania, who concluded the 2001-02 season ranked No. 58, is Vanderbilt’s only other non-conference away match. The Commodores will take on the Quakers in Durham, N.C.

“We're playing a tough non-conference schedule to prepare for the SEC teams,” Macdonald said. “We look forward to the challenge and the stiff competition.”

Macdonald returns six players from last season’s team, including All-Americans Sarah Riske and Aleke Tsoubanos, and one incoming freshman.

Men's Schedule

Women's Schedule


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