Host Florida Ends Vanderbilt Womens Tennis Season
Commodores Post 20-Win Season for Sixth Straight
Fla. - The dream of winning a first-ever NCAA championship
came to a halt Friday for the 10th-seeded Vanderbilt
womens tennis team (21-6), as the Commodores lost
to second-seeded Florida (29-2) in the quarterfinals,
4-0, on the Stadium Courts of the Ring Tennis Complex.
The Gators avenged an earlier loss to the Commodores,
4-3, on March 16 in Nashville. The Commodores
season, though lacking a national title, was successful.
Team highlights include a ninth straight trip to the
NCAA Tournament, sixth straight appearance in the Sweet
16, second showing in the quarterfinals and a win over
the Gators for the first in the programs history.
Florida jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match,
after picking up the critical doubles. With the Gators
singles lineup being deep from top to bottom, the Commodores
needed to earn the doubles point to make their chances
a little bit easier to win the match.
Floridas No. 2 tandem of Alexis Gordon and Julie
Rotondi scored the first win in doubles, defeating Vanderbilts
37th-ranked team of junior Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara,
Calif.) and sophomore Audra Falk (Cinncinnati, Ohio),
8-1. The Gators earned the point when their 26th-ranked
team of Jennifer Magley and Zerene Reyes scored an upset
over the third-ranked team of senior Sarah Riske (McMurray,
Pa.) and junior Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.),
8-4. It marked just the fifth time this season that
Vanderbilt lost a doubles point.
Following doubles, Gordon picked up the first singles
point for Florida, as she defeated Commodore freshman
Ashley Schellhas (Edina, Minn.) in straight sets, 6-3,
6-4, at the No. 5 position. Gordon, who is ranked 14th
nationally, has not lost to an SEC opponent in a dual
match this year. Schellhas concludes a very successful
freshman campaign with a 26-5 overall record.
The next singles point came from the 24th-ranked Reyes,
who defeated Falk at the No. 4 position, 6-3, 6-2. Falk
ends her second season at Vanderbilt with an outstanding
24-5 singles mark. She is now 45-10 over her first two
The match was concluded when Magley defeated Annie Menees
(St. Louis, Mo.) at the sixth position, 6-2, 6-3. Menees,
who dealt with injuries throughout the 2002-03 season,
finishes the year with a 13-8 record.
Riske, Tsoubanos and Schmandt all had their singles
matches stopped following Magleys victory. Riske
was up one set over ulia Scaringe, while Tsoubanos and
Schmandt were both down one set to Rotondi and Lindsay
While the season is now over from a team standpoint,
Riske and Tsoubanos will continue on in the NCAA Singles
and Doubles Championships, which begin on May 19 in
Gainesville. Riske will compete in both the singles
and doubles competitions, while Tsoubanos will join
Riske in singles. Tsoubanos is still awaiting word on
whether or not she will get into the main draw of singles.
2-1 (VU Led)
2-3 (UF Led)
(4), 2-1 (UF Led)
Zerene Reyes (#24)
||6-5 (VU Led)