Tennis Picks Up Road Win Over Auburn, 7-0
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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