Tennis Notches Eighth Dual-Match Win; Defeats Tulsa,
Tenn. - Even with the eighth-ranked Vanderbilt women's
tennis team scoring a 7-0 sweep against No. 56-ranked
Tulsa on Sunday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey
Tennis Center, the win did not come without a fight
from the visiting Golden Hurricanes.
With the win, the Commodores move to 8-1 on the season,
while the Golden Hurricanes fall to 2-1.
Vanderbilt did not waste any time in picking up the
critical doubles point, as all three matches were done
in under an hour. Senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke
Tsoubanos continued their domination, as they picked
up an 8-3 win over Alicia Pillay and Aleks Durska. The
duo is now 9-0 in dual matches and 18-1 for the 2002-03
Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk went
unscathed in their match, as they defeated Daniela Muscolino
and Mariana Barrios, 8-0. At the No. 3 position, junior
Kori Scott and freshman Ashley Schellhas defeated Tiffany
Smith and Donata Majauskaite, 8-2.
While the doubles matches were not that close, three
of six singles matches were highly competitive. At the
No. 1 spot, Riske fell behind 5-2 early on Pillay in
the first set, but stormed back by winning the next
five games to take the set, 7-5. With the momentum on
Riske's side, she was able to break Pillay's serve in
the first game of the second set and take the early
advantage. Riske was able to cruise from there, as she
won the set, 6-2.
the No. 4 position, Falk put her 2002-03 undefeated
streak on the line against Muscolino. Muscolino jumped
out to a quick 6-2 lead, as she used a variety of shots
to frustrate Falk. Pillay picked up an early break to
start the second set, and seemed to have Falk on the
ropes. The Vanderbilt sophomore never gave up, and was
able to battle back to take the second set, 6-3. In
the third set, neither player was able to grab the advantage
until the ninth game of the set. With the set tied at
4-4, Falk was able to break Muscolino's serve and take
the lead. She was then able to hold her serve and claim
the match. With the win, Falk is now 9-0 in dual matches
and 14-0 for the 2002-03 season.
and Durska had a very competitive match at the No. 2
position. While the Vanderbilt junior won in straight
sets 6-3, 7-5, she had to hold off a late charge by
Durska after leading 5-2 in the set.
In the other three singles matches, Schmandt, Schellhas
and Scott were able to breeze to straight-set wins.
Like Falk, Schmandt remained undefeated in dual-match
action with her win over Majauskaite.
The Commodores will now be off for two weeks before
taking on Georgia Tech on February 15 at the Currey
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