|Several Vanderbilt Tennis Players
Earn ITA Individual Rankings 1/14/03
Tenn. - With the 2003 dual match season underway for college
tennis, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its
Omni Hotels Collegiate Individual Rankings on Monday afternoon.
Both the Vanderbilt mens and womens squads were
well represented in their respective polls.
On the womens side, senior Sarah Riske (McMurray, Pa.)
and junior Kelly Schmandt were both recognized by the ITA.
Riske earned a ranking of No. 32, while Schmandt comes in
at No. 121. The two dealt with injury and illness and different
times during the fall, which effected their play; however,
both are healthy for the start of the dual season. The two
helped the Commodores kick off the 2003 season with two dual
match victories, which came on Sunday against Michigan State
and Louisville. Riske and Schmandt both won both their singles
and doubles matches against the Spartans and Cardinals.
Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.) enter
the 2003 season with a national ranking of No. 2. The only
team that stands between them and the No. 1 ranking is Tulanes
Julie Smekodub and Jenny Kuhn. Riske and Tsoubanos were victorious
at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in early October,
while Smekodub and Kuhn won the ITA National Indoors.
the mens side, juniors Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.),
Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.) and sophomore Matt Lockin (Lilburn,
Ga.) are earned top 125 rankings. An All-America in 2002,
Reynolds returns to Vanderbilt with high expectations, and
this is evident by the No. 8 national ranking he received.
The junior is coming off an exceptional fall season, which
he went 13-5 and defeated 11 players ranked by the ITA. Reynolds
also earned a doubles ranking of No. 27 with partner Lewie
Smith (Memphis, Tenn.). The two did not play a lot of matches
together during the fall, which effected their rankings. During
the ITA All-American Championship in early October, the two
lost to Stanfords Scott Lipsky and David Martin, 9-8,
who are now ranked No. 3 nationally.
Harris, who comes into the spring season ranked No. 14,
also had an outstanding fall going 13-5. His biggest victory
during the fall came against Middle Tennessee States
Daniel Klemetz, who was ranked No. 1 nationally at the time
and who enters the spring at the No. 3 spot. Lockin, a transfer
from the University of Michigan, will be a strong addition
to Flachs squad. He earned a No. 99 ranking after going
7-4 during the fall. He will see the majority of his singles
action at the No. 3 position for the Commodores.