|Womens Tennis Holds on to
Top 10 Ranking; Mens Tennis Moves Up Two Spots 1/30/03
Both Squads Back in Action This Weekend In Nashville
Tenn. - Despite losing its first dual match of the 2003 season
last weekend against Duke, the Vanderbilt womens tennis
team held on to its No. 8 national ranking, which is administered
by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Vanderbilt
mens team creeped up two spots in the ITA national poll,
as it moved from No. 29 to No. 27. This was due to Notre Dame
losing both of its dual matches and Arkansas falling to Northwestern
The womens team will be busy once again this weekend
with two home dual matches. The Commodores will take on No.
58-ranked Iowa at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and follow that up with
a 12 p.m. start against No. 56-ranked Tulsa on Sunday. Vanderbilt
is coming off a split last weekend in Durham, N.C. The Commodores
scored a 7-0 victory over No. 51-ranked Pennsylvania, but
lost a heartbreaker to No. 4-ranked Duke, 4-3.
The Commodores join No. 2-ranked Florida and No. 3-ranked
Georgia as the only women's teams in the Southeastern Conference
ranked in the top 10. Tennessee and South Carolina both post
top 20 rankings, as they stand at No. 11 and 19, respectively.
The mens team is coming off a successful start to
the 2003 season. The Commodores scored 7-0 dual-match victories
over Tennessee-Martin and Tennessee-Chattanooga last weekend
at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores return
to action at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Charleston Southern,
who plays out of the Big South Conference.
The Commodores, who received their highest ITA ranking ever
this week, will soon be tested against two nationally-ranked
teams. Following this weekends match with the Bucs,
the Commodores will hit the road, February 8-9, to take on
No. 32-ranked Arkansas and No. 49 Tulsa.
The Southeastern Conference is the only conference in the
country to have all of its teams posting ITA rankings. The
strength of the SEC is evident once again, as Arkansas has
the lowest ranking of all 12 schools and it is still in the
top 32. Georgia made the biggest drop of any SEC school, as
it fell from No. 6 to 20 via its loss to Clemson.