Tennis Battles by No. 24 Georgia Tech, 6-1
Commodores now begin preparation for SEC season.
Tenn. - The No. 10-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis
team will enter the Southeastern Conference portion
of its schedule with 9-1 dual-match record following
its 6-1 victory over a very difficult Georgia Tech squad,
who entered the match ranked No. 24 nationally. The
loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 3-2 on the season.
Even with the lop-sided score, the Commodores and Yellow
Jackets had several tight matches. In doubles, senior
Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos clinched the
point by defeating Jamie Wong and Kelly Anderson, 8-6.
The doubles point came down to Riske and Tsoubanos'
match, as Vanderbilt was victorious at the No. 3 position,
but Georgia Tech grabbed a win at the No. 2 spot. The
No. 2-ranked doubles team of Riske and Tsoubanos are
now 10-0 in dual matches and 19-1 for the 2002-03 season.
In singles, sophomore Audra Falk picked up an easy win
at the No. 4 position. She defeated Annelies Schenk
in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. With the win, she is now
10-0 in dual matches and 15-0 for the 2002-03 season.
With Saturday's win, she also set the record for the
most consecutive singles victories by a Vanderbilt women's
tennis player. She surpassed 1997 graduate Kristy Blumberg's
mark of 14-straight singles wins.
Riske, who is presently ranked No. 32 nationally, also
picked up a big singles win on Saturday, as she defeated
No. 33-ranked Jamie Wong in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Vanderbilt's only senior is now 9-1 in dual matches.
Juniors Aleke Tsoubanos and Kelly Schmandt gutted out
two three-set matches, respectively. Tsoubanos defeated
Catherine Gunn at the No. 2 position, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Schmandt also battled back from one set down, as she
defeated Kelly Anderson, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. Junior Kori
Scott notched the final singles point for the Commodores,
as she defeated Maria Nieto, 6-2, 7-6.
Head coach Geoff Macdonald's squad will now have two
weeks off before taking on No. 6-ranked Georgia at 1
p.m. (CST) Friday, February 28, in Athens, Ga. The match
will be the SEC opener for both squads.
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