Tennis Eases by SEC Foe Louisiana State, 7-0
Tenn. - On a warm, but windy day in Nashville, the 13th-ranked
Vanderbilt women's tennis team defeated 47th-ranked
Louisiana State, 7-0, at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis
Center. While the team score was lopsided, the visiting
Lady Tigers put up a strong fight against the Commodores.
With the win, Vanderbilt improves to 14-3 overall and
5-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while LSU falls
to 8-9 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage after winning the
doubles point, but there was a major upset in one of
the matches. LSU's top team of Rocio Fantilli and Lauren
Seaman stunned the nation's top-ranked team of senior
Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos, 8-4. Fantilli
and Seaman got an early break in the match and never
26th-ranked team of junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore
Audra Falk continued their hot play as of late at the
No. 2 position, as they cruised by Amanda Mang and Jessica
Ferguson, 8-3. Schmandt and Falk are now 16-5 overall
as a doubles team. Sophomore Annie Menees and freshman
Ashley Schellhas clinched the doubles point for the
'Dores at the third position, as they defeated Camila
Caliari and Daysi Espinal, 8-5.
has now won the doubles point in 14 of its 17 matches.
No. 1 singles, Riske has one of the more exciting matches
of the afternoon as she battled with Fantilli. Vanderbilt's
only senior was able to claw her way to a 7-5, 7-5 win
over the Lady Tigers' top player. With the win, Riske
improves to 19-6 on the season and 14-3 in dual matches.
At No. 2 singles, Schmandt was able to pull out a straight-set
win over Ferguson, 6-4, 6-2. The Santa Barbara, Calif.
native has compiled a solid 13-2 dual-match record while
competing at both the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
At No. 3 singles, Tsoubanos was able to avenge her
loss in doubles, as she defeated Marina Chiarelli in
two tight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Tsoubanos improves to 14-3
in dual-match competition.
At No. 4 singles, Falk held off a late second-set charge
by Espinal to win, 6-0, 7-5, which clinched the match
for Vanderbilt. Falk continues to be one of Vanderbilt's
most consistent players, as she has amassed a 19-3 record
in 2002-03. Menees kept things rolling for the 'Dores,
as she cruised by Caliari, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot.
At the sixth position, junior Kori Scott had no problems
against Seaman, as she won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Commodores return to action at 12 p.m. Sunday against
the Lady Razorbacks or Arkansas at the Currey Tennis
Center. Sunday's match will be the final regular-season
home matches for Sarah Riske and Kori Scott.