Tennis Eases by No. 24-Ranked South Carolina, 7-0
Tenn. - The No. 10-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis
team picked up its third-consecutive Southeastern Conference
win on Friday, as it defeated No. 24-ranked South Carolina,
7-0, at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores
have now defeated the Gamecocks five straight times.
With the win, Vanderbilt moves to 12-3 overall and 3-2
in the SEC, while South Carolina falls to 8-3 overall
and 4-1 in the conference.
Vanderbilt notched its 14th doubles point in 15 matches
this season, as it swept all three matches. The fourth-ranked
team of senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos
picked up their 22 doubles win of the year, as they
defeated Kathy Boyanovich and Magda Wojdylo, 8-3. Vanderbilt's
No. 1 doubles team is now 13-2 in dual matches.
Freshman Ashley Schellhas and sophomore Annie Menees
continued their strong play at No. 3 doubles, as they
clinched the point for the Commodores with a win over
Catherine Brown and Audrey George, 8-2. The No. 57-ranked
team of junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk
wrapped things up, as they defeated Jodi Kenoyer and
Daniell Wiggins, 8-5.
Commodores had a much more difficult time in singles,
as three of the matches were pushed to a third set.
One match that wasn't was Riske's match-up with Boyanovich
at the No. 1 spot. Vanderbilt's only senior claimed
her 12th dual-match win of the season, as she won in
straight sets, 7-6, 6-0.
Falk and junior Kori Scott also won their matches in
straight sets at the No. 3 and No. 6 positions, respectively.
Falk defeated Wiggins handily, 6-1, 6-3, for her 13th
dual-match victory of the year. Falk is now 18-2 for
the 2002-03 season. Scott, who was placed in the singles
lineup after Schmandt was taken out due to an injury,
played strong tennis en route to a 6-3, 6-2 win over
Schellhas and Menees were all pushed to a third set
at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 positions. Tsoubanos battled
back from one set down to defeat Kenoyer, 2-6, 6-2,
6-4. Schellhas and Menees both had to win their matches
in a third set 10-point super tiebreaker. Schellhas
defeated Wojdylo, 7-5, 6-7, 10-6, while Menees defeated
Brown, 6-4, 4-6, 10-3. Schellhas and Menees will both
head into the Florida match with five-match winning
Commodores will take the court again at 12 p.m. Sunday
for their showdown with No. 1-ranked Florida at the
Currey Tennis Center. Admission for the match is free.
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