Tennis Falls to Fifth-Ranked Georgia, 4-3
Commodores win doubles point in 11th-straight match
Ga. - The ninth-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team
fell short in its upset bid against Southeastern Conference
rival and fifth-ranked Georgia on Friday afternoon at
the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, 4-3. With the loss, the
Commodores fall to 9-2 overall and 0-1 in the SEC, while
the Bulldogs up their record to 6-1 overall and 1-0
in the conference.
The Commodores seemed to be in good shape, as they notched
the important doubles point despite senior Sarah Riske
and junior Aleke Tsoubanos losing at the No. 1 position.
Sophomore Annie Menees and freshman Ashley Schellhas
clinched the doubles point at the No. 3 position, as
they defeated Anne Nguyen and Douglas Wink, 8-6.
No. 39-ranked team of junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore
Audra Falk picked up Vanderbilt's other doubles win,
as they eased by Tina Hojnik and Evgenia Subbotina,
8-4, at the second doubles positon. The only doubles
came the No. 1 position, as the third-ranked team of
Riske and Tsoubanos had their 14-match winning streak
come to an end with a tough 9-7 loss to No. 18-ranked
Agata Cioroch and Lori Grey.
Vanderbilt's only two singles victories came at the
bottom of the line-up, as Schellhas defeated Subbotina
in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Menees also scored a win
at the No. 6 spot, as she cruised by Alexandra Smith,
Schmandt was the only other Commodore that really had
a shot at winning her match, but she lost to No. 66-ranked
Hojnik, 7-6, 6-3. The No. 44-ranked Falk had her 2002-03
undefeated streak come to an end, as she fell to Grey
in a lopsided contest, 6-2, 6-1. Prior to the match,
she was 15-0 overall and 10-0 in dual matches.
The 12th-ranked Riske did not have an easy time with
second-ranked Cioroch, as she lost, 6-1, 6-4. The loss
ended Riske's three-match winning streak.
The Commodores will have another difficult challenge
at 1 p.m. (EST) Sunday againsst 11th-ranked Tennessee
at the Goodfriend Tennis Complex in Knoxville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt split last year's two meetings with Tennessee.