Vanderbilt Tennis Well Represented in ITA Regional Rankings 1/3/03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several members of the Vanderbilt men’s and women’s tennis teams can be found on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Rankings, which were released following the conclusion of the Fall season.

On the men’s side, juniors Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.), Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.) and sophomore Matt Lockin (Lilburn, Ga.) were all ranked in the ITA Southeast Region Top 30. Reynolds, who finished the Fall season with a 13-5 singles mark, comes in at No. 3. He stands behind only Kentucky’s Jesse Witten and Middle Tennessee State’s Daniel Klemetz, who are tied for the top spot. Harris, who also had an exceptional Fall season which included a victory over Klemetz and the ITA All-American Championship, will enter the dual portion of the season ranked No. 6. Lockin, who is in first year at Vanderbilt after transferring from Michigan, went 7-4 during the Fall and definitely will be a bright spot in the head coach Ken Flach’s lineup.

Reynolds and fellow junior Lewie Smith (Memphis, Tenn.) were also placed in the doubles rankings. After competing against several of the top collegiate doubles teams from the around the country, the two will enter the 2003 season ranked No. 6 in the southeast region.

The men’s team kicks off the 2003 season on Thursday, January 18, at the SEC Indoor Team Championship in Atlanta.

Women’s tennis head coach Geoff Macdonald’s squad is also well represented in the ITA Southeast Rankings. Heading the list is senior Sarah Riske (McMurray, Pa.), who stands at No. 8. During the Fall, she competed in the Riviera/ITA All-America Championship and the PNC International Tennis Classic, which is a United State Tennis Association Challenger event. She also made it to the finals of the June Stewart Fall Invitational before having to default due to illness. Duke's Kelly McCain, who was last year's Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, is ranked No. 1 in the southeast and is followed by Vilmarie Castellvi of Tennessee.

Juniors Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.) both cracked the Top 30, as Schmandt comes in at No. 22 and Tsoubanos at No. 23. Both players are expected to play near the top of the Commodores’ lineup this Spring.

Riske and Tsoubanos will head into the dual portion of their schedule ranked No. 1 in the Southeast. The two are coming off an incredible Fall, which included winning the doubles crown at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Riske and Tsoubanos the 2002-03 ranked No. 1 nationally by the ITA. They also competed in the PNC International Tennis Classic.

The women’s team kicks off the 2003 season at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, January 12, against Michigan State and Louisville at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center.
For a complete listing of the regional rankings, check out itatennis.com.

Men's ITA Southeast Top 10
1T. Jesse Witten - Kentucky
1T. Daniel Klemetz - Middle Tennessee State
3. Bobby Reynolds - Vanderbilt
4. Todd Widom - Miami (Fla.)
5. Rameez Junaid - Auburn
6. Chad Harris - Vanderbilt
7. Paul Ciorascu - Mississippi
8. Simon Rea - Tennessee
9. Alex Hartman - Mississippi
10. Janne Holmia - Florida
28. Matt Lockin - Vanderbilt

Women's ITA Southeast Top 10
1. Kelly McCain - Duke
2. Vilmarie Castellvi - Tennessee
3. Kat Pinchbeck - North Carolina
4. Julie Coin - Clemson
5. Amanda Johnson - Duke
6. Sarah Witten - Kentucky
7. Nathalie Roels - Kentucky
8. Sarah Riske - Vanderbilt
9. Alix Lacelarie - Clemson
10. Julie DeRoo - Duke
22. Kelly Schmandt - Vanderbilt
23. Aleke Tsoubanos - Vanderbilt


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