|Womens Tennis Kicks Off
Fall Season at Furman Fall Classic 9/27/02
Tenn. Following a season where it set a program record
for single-season dual-match wins (27) and made it to the
Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Vanderbilt womens
tennis team begin their quest to better last seasons
results during the 2002-03 season. The Commodores begin their
journey on Friday when they take part in the Furman Fall Classic
in Greenville, S.C.
Along with Vanderbilt, the 2002 Furman Fall Classic field
includes the host Paladins, Clemson, Iowa, Middle Tennessee
State, South Carolina and Wisconsin. All seven teams competing
this weekend finished the 2001-02 season ranked in the Intercollegiate
Tennis Association top 75.
Expectations will once again be high for Vanderbilt head
coach Geoff Macdonalds team. The opportunity for another
successful campaign starts at the top of the line-up. Senior
Sarah Riske, who played No. 1 for the Commodores last season,
enters the year ranked No. 10 in the preseason ITA rankings.
Riske, along with junior Aleke Tsoubanos, also earned the
distinguished honor of being ranked preseason No. 1 in doubles
by the ITA. Both players are coming off a solid 2001-02 season,
where they earned ITA All-American honors after making the
quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles championship. Tsoubanos
also had a successful singles season last year, as she compiled
a 16-2 record in dual matches.
While the Commodores only have seven members on this years
roster, each player has a chance to win every time they step
out onto the court. Macdonald will unfortunately be without
the services of junior Annie Menees for the Fall season, as
she is recovering from a foot injury. Menees is expected to
be ready for action once the dual season kicks off in January.
Junior Kelly Schmandt has been one of Macdonalds reliable
players since arriving on campus back in 2000. Schmandt, who
enters the season ranked No. 53 in the preseason ITA rankings,
finished last season with a singles record of 24-3 and over
her first two seasons is 51-9.
Junior Kori Scott and sophomore Audra Falk also had productive
seasons for the Commodores in 2001-02. Scott finished the
season with a 15-7 in singles, while Falk amassed a 21-4 mark.
Falk also compiled a 16-4 dual match record while competing
mostly at the No. 5 and 6 positions. Freshman Ashley Schellhas
is expected to contribute immediately, especially with Menees
being out for the Fall.
The womens team will compete in three Fall tournament
in 2002, which includes the University of Tennessee Invitational
(Oct. 4-6) and the June Stewart Invitational at Vanderbilt