Defeats Arkansas in SEC Tournament Quarterfinals, 4-0
Commodores set for rematch with in-state rival Tennessee
Tenn. – The 12th-ranked Vanderbilt women’s
tennis achieved its first goal on Thursday, as the Commodores
defeated Arkansas, 4-0, in the opening round of the
Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Goodfriend
Indoor Tennis Center. The Commodores and Lady Razorbacks
were originally scheduled to play at 5 p.m., but due
to inclement weather in Knoxville all afternoon, the
match did not begin until 8:30 p.m.
The Commodores improve their overall record to 18-4,
while the Lady Razorbacks fall to 8-14. Vanderbilt is
now a perfect 7-0 against SEC Western Division opponents.
“I thought we played really well today against
a talented Arkansas team,” Vanderbilt head coach
Geoff Macdonald said. “They are a better team
than their record indicates, and they have several good
players. I was also pleased with the way we played in
spite of the weather delaying our match several hours.”
Vanderbilt got things rolling on Thursday, as the clinched
the doubles point in under an hour. The fourth-ranked
team of Sarah Riske and junior Aleke
Tsoubanos cruised by Simona Arghire and Iliana Pacheco,
8-2, at the No. 1 position. With the win, Riske and
Tsoubanos improve their season record to 27-5 overall
and 18-4 in dual matches.
Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk locked
up the doubles’ point for the ‘Dores, as
they defeated Anna and Monika Dybicz, 8-3, at the No.
2 position. Schmandt and Falk are now 21-5 overall and
18-3 in dual matches. The Commodores have now won 19
of 22 doubles’ points this season.
The Commodores only needed three singles’ victories
to win the match. Riske got things going by defeating
Arghire, 6-1, 6-0. While it was her 23rd win of the
season, it was her 100th career singles’ victory.
She has now won 100 singles and 104 doubles’ matches
over her four years. The 15th-ranked Riske will have
a showdown with No. 1-ranked Vilmarie Castellvi of Tennessee
Schmandt earned the third point for the Commodores,
as she had no problems with Pacheco, 6-2, 6-1, at the
No. 3 position. She improves to 21-4 on the season and
18-2 in dual matches. She will square off with All-SEC
First Team member Crystal Cleveland on Friday.
Tsoubanos closed things out, as she eased by Dybicz,
6-2, 6-3, at the second position. Tsoubanos is now 22-8
on the season and 16-3 in dual matches at the No. 2
position. She is 19-3 overall in dual matches.
With Thursday’s win, the Commodores will now
face eighth-ranked Tennessee in the quarterfinals at
5 p.m. (EST) Friday. The Commodores lost their only
meeting to the Lady Volunteers back on March 2 in Knoxville,
4-3. Vanderbilt has lost two-straight meetings to Tennessee,
including last year’s Sweet 16 match at the NCAA
“We achieved our first goal, which was to win
our opening match,” Macdonald
said. “We’re now looking forward to a tough
match with a very talented
|| Iliana Pacheco
| Ashley Schellhas
||A. Dybicz/M. Dybicz