Tennis Defeats Ole Miss, 7-0, for Second SEC Win
Tenn. - The tenth-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team
picked up its four straight win over Southeastern Conference
foe Mississippi, as it swept the Rebels, 7-0, on Sunday
afternoon inside the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center.
With the win, the Commodores improve their overall record
to 11-3 and 2-2 in the SEC, while the No. 37-ranked
Rebels fall to 3-9 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
head coach Geoff Macdonald received strong performances
from all three of his doubles team, as the Commodores
notched their 13th doubles point in 14 matches. The
third-ranked team of senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke
Tsoubanos had a fairly easy time agaisnt No. 34-ranked
Mira Radu and Virginia Tomatis, as they won, 8-3, at
the No. 1 position.
Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk continued
their strong play at the No. 2 spot, as they defeated
Sabrina Peppl and Audra Adams, 8-4. Sophomore Annie
Menees and freshman Ashley Schellhas had absolutely
no problems with Karem Harboe and Florence Basile, as
they won at the third doubles position, 8-3.
singles competition, Riske, who is ranked No. 12 nationally,
and Radu, who is currently No. 24, had an exciting match
at the No. 1 position. Vanderbilt's lone senior picked
up an early break in the first set and never looked
back, as she won, 6-2. However, the second set was much
tighter and ended up going to a tiebreaker. Radu was
able to battle off a couple match points before winning
the tiebreaker, 12-10. Riske came out with some early
intensity in the final set tiebreaker, as she held off
Radu to win the match 10-6 in the third.
Besides Riske's three-set match, the Commodores crusied
in the other five singles matches. Freshman Ashley Schellhas
and sophomore Annie Menees continued their solid play
at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively. Schellhas
defeated Peppl handily, 6-2, 6-2, while Menees had no
problems with Adams, as she won 6-0, 6-2. Tsoubanos,
Schmandt and Falk combined to give up only 10 games
in their six sets of action.
The Commodores return to action at 2:30 p.m. Friday
for a huge SEC match-up with No. 24-ranked South Carolina
at the Currey Tennis Center. The weekend will be capped
off by a showdown with No. 1-ranked Florida at 12 p.m.
Sunday in Nashville.
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