Tennis Drops SEC Contest to No. 11 Tennessee, 4-3
Tenn. - The ninth-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team
had another setback on Sunday afternoon, as it fell
to No. 11-ranked Tennessee, 4-3, at the Goodfriend Tennis
Center. Sunday's loss was Vanderbilt third loss by a
score of 4-3 this season. The Commodores fall to 9-3
overall and 0-2 in the conference, while the Lady Volunteers
improve to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the SEC.
Despite falling to Georgia on Friday, Vanderbilt was
still able to win the doubles point for the 11th-consecutive
match. The streak came to an end on Sunday, as Vanderbilt
dropped all three doubles matches. The third-ranked
team of senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos
lost their second consecutive match. The Vanderbilt
duo lost to No. 17-ranked Vilmarie Castellvi and Melissa
Vanderbilt was able to win three of the six singles
matches; however, two of its wins came after the Tennessee
had already clinched the win. Junior Kelly Schmandt
rebounded from her loss on Friday by defeating Schaub
easily at the No. 3 position, 6-0, 6-0. She is now 11-1
in dual matches this season.
Freshman Ashley Schellhas and sophomore Annie Menees
both win undefeated in singles action over the weekend
at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively. Schellhas
defeated Sabita Maharaj in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2,
while Mennes also won handily over Majen Immink, 6-3,
Riske, Tsoubanos and sophomore Audra Falk all lost their
matches in straight sets.
The Commodores will look for their first SEC victory
of 2003 when they take on Mississippi State at 2:30
p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis
Center. Vanderbilt is a perfect 9-0 this year at home.