Tennis Falls to Tennessee in SEC Tourney Quarterfinals,
Falk pulls out only singles' point for 'Dores
Tenn. - The 12th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team's
run at its first Southeastern Conference Tournament
title came to an end on Friday evening, as the Commodores
fell to eighth-ranked Tennessee, 4-1, in front a rowdy
crowd at the UT Varsity Courts.
jumped on the board first by clinching the doubles'
point. Tennessee's Tammy Encina and Majen Immink defeated
junior Kelly Schmandt and Audra Falk, 8-3, to give the
Lady Volunteers the critical point.
Vanderbilt's only doubles' win came the the No. 1 position,
as the fourth-ranked team of senior Sarah Riske and
junior Aleke Tsoubanos avenged an earlier season loss
to Vilmarie Castellvi and Melissa Schaub, as they won,
8-4 on the nation's fifth best team. Riske and Tsoubanos
are now 28-5 on the season and 19-4 in dual matches.
For Riske, it was her 105th career doubles' win, which
ties her with 2002 Vanderbilt graduate Kate Burson for
the most career doubles' wins.
The Commodores only point of the afternoon came from
Falk at the No. 4 position, as she defeated Schaub in
straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. With the win, Falk improves
to 22-4 overall and 16-4 in dual matches for the year.
The Lady Volunteers clinched the match when Encina
defeated Tsoubanos at the No. 2 position, 6-1, 7-6 (5).
Tsoubanos fell behind 6-1, 3-1 to Encina; however, she
showed a lot of heart, as she fought back to force the
set to tiebreaker, which she eventually lost.
Commodores will now take a little time off as final
exams are about to begin, but will continue to practice
on an individual basis in preparation for the NCAA Tournament,
which begins on May 9. First and second round locations
have not been determined.
||6-1, 7-6 (5)
||6-7 (4), 3-1 (UT Led)
||4-6, 6-3, 4-2 (VU Led)