Auburn Recap

Women's Tennis Picks Up Road Win Over Auburn, 7-0 4/5/03

AUBURN, Ala. - Despite having to wait an extra day due to inclement weather in Alabama, the 10th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team still defeated Auburn, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Luther J. Young Tennis Complex. With the win, the Commodores have won seven-straight conference matches, while improving their overall record to 16-3 and 7-2 in the SEC. The Tigers fall to 9-8 overall and 2-7 in the conference.

Head coach Geoff Macdonald's squad got things going by taking the doubles point. The Commodores have won the critical point in 17 of their 19 matches. The top-ranked team of senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos notched their 25th win of the year, as they defeated Auburn's 59th-ranked team of Petra Bercik and Carolina Ramirez, 8-1. The doubles point was clinched when junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk defeated Ashley Cowart and Liz Sauerborn. Auburn's only win of the afternoon came at the No. 3 doubles position, but it win had no effect on the team scoring.

In singles, the 11th-ranked Riske moved one step closer to the 100 career win plateau, as she easily defeated Ramirez, 6-1, 6-0. With Saturday's win, she now has 98 career singles victories. Also, Riske has won a combined 200 career matches (98 singles, 102 doubles).

Tsoubanos, who was moved back to the No. 2 position in the lineup, was able to squeak out a three-set win over Bercik, 6-0, 4-6, 10-8. With the win, the Chesterfield, Mo. native is now 16-3 in dual matches.

In the other four singles matches, the Commodores only relinquished 12 games in eight sets of action. Falk had the easiest time, as she blew by Suitor in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Macdonald's squad is now 123-31 (.800 winning percentage) in singles competition for the 2002-03 season.

The Commodores will not have much time to rest, as they will take on 21st-ranked Alabama at 1 p.m. Sunday at the UA Varsity Courts in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This will be Vanderbilt's second of three-straight road matches.


Vanderbilt Auburn Winner Score
Sarah Riske Carolina Ramirez VU 6-1, 6-0
Aleke Tsoubanos Petra Bercik VU 6-0, 4-6, 10-8
Kelly Schmandt Liz Sauerborn VU 6-4, 6-1
Audra Falk Sarah Suitor VU 6-0, 6-0
Ashley Schellhas Isabel Rosenbrock VU 6-1, 6-2
Annie Menees Martina Janska VU 6-2, 6-2


Vanderbilt Auburn Winner Score
Riske/Tsoubanos Petra/Ramirez VU 8-1
Schmandt/Falk Sauerborn/Cowart VU 8-4
Menees/Schellhas Suitor/Rosenbrock AU 8-3





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