Virginia Match
W, 4-3

Women's Tennis Escapes with Win over Virginia, 4-3 1/18/03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 8-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team was pushed to the limit against a very good Virginia team on Saturday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores were able to escape with a narrow 4-3 victory, and keep its record unscathed at 4-0. With the loss, the No. 54-ranked Cavaliers fall to 0-1 on the season.

While the six singles matches count for six points in the team scoring, the most important point of the afternoon for the Commodores came in the doubles portion of the match. While the Commodores won all three matches, the Cavaliers pushed them in every one.

Vanderbilt No. 1 team of senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos battled to a 9-7 win over Virginia's Henriette Williams and Jennifer Tuchband. The Vanderbilt duo trailed for the majority of the match, but were able to break Williams and Tushband in the 15th game to take an 8-7 lead and hold on for the win.

Sophomore Audra Falk and junior Kelly Schmandt won their doubles match 8-5 over Lori Stern and Kristen James. At the No. 3 position, sophomore Annie Menees and freshman Ashley Schellhas were able to hold on for an 8-6 win over Marta and Dora Bechliwanis.

In singles, Riske clinched the win for the Commodores, as she won a tough three-set match over Williams. Williams played a very solid match, especially from the baseline. Her style caused Riske to commit a lot of unforced errors in the first set, as she won it 6-3. In the second and third sets, Riske was able to figure Williams game out and cruise to scores of 6-2, 6-1.

Falk continued to be Vanderbilt's most dominant player, as she defated James handily, 6-1, 6-0. In her first four matches this season, Falk has given up a mere four games in eight sets. Schmandt was Vanderbilt's other singles winner, as she held off Stern in two sets, 6-4, 6-1.

The Commodores will not have a lot of time to rest, as they will take on No. 43-ranked Baylor at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. Admission for the match is free.



Vanderbilt Virginia Winner Score
Sarah Riske Henriette Williams VU 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Aleke Tsoubanos Jennifer Tuchband UVa 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Kelly Schmandt Lori Stern VU 6-4, 6-1
Audra Falk Kristen James VU 6-1, 6-0
Annie Menees Marta Bechliwanis UVa 6-2, 6-0
Kori Scott Dora Bechliwanis UVa 6-3, 2-6, 10-3


Vanderbilt Virginia Winner Score
Riske/Tsoubanos Williams/Tuchband VU 9-7
Falk/Schmandt Stern/K. James VU 8-5
Menees/Schellhas Bechliwanis/Bechiwanis VU 8-6





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