|Womens Tennis Set to Take
on Virginia and Baylor 1/16/03
Tenn. With the Vanderbilt womens tennis team
off to a quick 3-0 start to the dual-match season, it now
prepares for two difficult weekend home matches. Vanderbilt,
who is ranked No. 8 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association, will square off with No. 54-ranked Virginia at
12 p.m. Saturday. The Commodores will conclude the weekend
at 12 p.m. Sunday against No. 43-ranked Baylor. Admission
for both matches is free.
While the Commodores already have three matches under their
belt, the Cavaliers and Bears will be competing in their first
dual matches of the 2003 season.
Besides its perfect record, Vanderbilt has yet to yield one
individual defeat in its three matches. Vanderbilt has defeated
Louisville, No. 64 Michigan State and No. 62 Middle Tennessee
State by a combined match score of 21-0.
Just like the Commodores, both the Cavaliers and Bears are
fairly young teams. Of the nine players on Virginias
roster, only two of them are seniors. On the other hand, the
Bears have one senior on a roster of six.
Phil Rogers, who is in his 21st season with the Cavaliers,
will bring a deep but young team to the Brownlee O. Currey
Tennis Center. Rogers roster includes two seniors, one
junior, two sophomores and four freshmen. Seniors Henriette
Williams and Jennifer Tuchband bring a wealth of talent and
experience to the Virginia team. In the ITA East Regional
poll, Tuchband is ranked No. 13 and Williams stands at No.
17. The two are also the Cavaliers No. 1 doubles team, and
they are ranked No. 11 in the east region.
Led by first year head coach Joey Scrivano, Baylor will bring
an international flavor to Nashville. The Bears have only
one player from the United States, while the other five come
from Germany, Slovenia, Croatia and Spain. Leading the way
is the Bears lone senior Vida Mulec, who is ranked No. 45
nationally and No. 2 in the southwest region by the ITA. Freshman
Stephanie Balzert and sophomore Daria Potapova also earned
regional rankings, as Balzert is No. 18 and Potapova in No.
22 in the southwest.