Tennis Holds Off No. 21 Alabama on the Road,
Ala. - The 10th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team
had to endure a lot over the last 48 hours, which included
having its match with Auburn moved from Friday to Saturday,
then having to travel immediately to Tuscaloosa for
a Sunday afternoon confrontation with Alabama and then
finally get back on the road and return to Nashville.
Through it all, the Commodores were still able to post
a 2-0 record, which included a difficult, 5-2, triumph
over No. 21 Alabama.
the win, the Commodores improve their overall record
to 17-3 and 8-2 in the conference, while the Crimson
Tide fall to 15-6 overall and 5-5 in the SEC.
Commodores kicked things off by clinching their 18th
doubles point in 20 matches. The top-ranked team of
senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos were able
to hold off the 59th-ranked team of Millie Begovic and
Robin Stephenson, 8-6. Riske and Tsoubanos are now 26-4
on the year and 17-3 in dual matches.
26th-ranked team of junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore
Audra Falk notched the other doubles victory, as they
defeated Sophie Cremers and Ashley Bentley, 8-4. Schmandt
and Falk are now 19-5 on the season. The Commodores
only defeat in doubles came at the No. 3 position.
six singles matches, which were all played indoors due
to inclement weather, were highly competitive. The Commodores
first win in singles came from Riske at the No. 1 position,
as she battled back from one set down to defeat Cremers,
1-6, 6-4, 6-0. She has now won eight-straight dual matches
and is 17-3 in the team's 20 matches.
picked up its first point when Robin Stephenson defeated
Falk in straight sets at the No. 3 position, 6-4, 6-1.
Despite being ahead in the team scoring, the Commodores
seemed to be in a lot of troubles, as they trailed in
Ashley Schellhas improved to 16-2 in dual matches, as
she clawed her way past Bentley, 7-6, 6-4. Schellhas
is now 24-3 (.889 winning percentage) for the 2002-03
Commodores other two wins came in long three-set matches.
Tsoubanos was able to battle back after dropping the
first set to Begovic at the No. 2 position to knot the
match at one set all. With Begovic leading 5-4 in the
final set, she was forced to default due to an injury.
With the win, Tsoubanos improves to 17-3 in dual matches.
Schmandt also came back from one set down, as she held
off Marie-France Lord-Andrade, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Schmandt
is now 16-2 for the 2003 portion of the season.
will conclude its 2003 regular season at 12 p.m. Saturday
against No. 15-ranked Kentucky at the Hillary J. Boone
Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. The Commodores defeated
the Cats last season in Nashville, 7-0.
||1-6, 6-4, 6-0
||4-6, 6-3, 4-5 (Def.)
||3-6, 6-4, 6-4
||6-4, 3-6, 10-2