Womens Tennis Set to Host Iowa and Tulsa This Weekend
Game Times are as follows:
Friday - Iowa Hawkeyes at 2:30 pm
Sunday - Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 12 pm
Commodores Look to Rebound Following Loss to Duke
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With last weekends difficult, 4-3,
loss to fourth-ranked Duke behind them, the eighth-ranked
Vanderbilt womens tennis team is set to host No. 58-ranked
Iowa and No. 56-ranked Tulsa at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis
Center. The Commodores will take on the Hawkeyes at 2:30 p.m.
Friday and the Golden Hurricanes at 12 p.m. Sunday. The Hawkeyes
will take on the Golden Hurricanes at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at
the Currey Tennis Center.
While the Commodores will be competing in their eighth and
ninth dual matches of the season, the Hawkeyes and Golden
Hurricanes are really just getting their seasons started.
Tulsa proved in its season opener against Southwest Missouri
State how crucial the doubles point is, as the Golden Hurricanes
claimed the point and held on for a 4-3 victory.
Tulsas top two players of Alicia Pillay and Aleksandra
Durska did not have many problems in their two singles matches.
Tulsas only two seniors gave up a total of five games
in four sets of action against Southwest Missouri States
top two players.
Pillay is Tulsas highest ranked player in the ITA
national poll, as she comes in ranked No. 20, which should
make for an exciting and competitive match with Vanderbilt
senior Sarah Riske at the No. 1 position. Durska, who will
most likely take on Vanderbilt junior Aleke Tsoubanos, stands
at No. 102 by the ITA. The two are ranked No. 1 and 6, respectively,
in the ITA Central Region rankings. Pillay and Durska also
make a formidable doubles team, and will have the opportunity
to take on No. 2-ranked Riske and Tsoubanos on Sunday.
Led by head coach Paul Wardlaw, Iowa kicked its season off
with two dual-match victories - both of which were 7-0 sweeps
against DePaul and Iowa State. The Hawkeyes contest
with Tulsa starts a swing which 14 of their next 15 matches
are against ranked teams.
In last weekends Hawkeye Invitational, sophomore Gloria
Okino went undefeated in both singles and doubles, as she
won all three of her singles and doubles matches. She was
able survive two grueling three-set matches along the way.
With her doubles partner Steffi Hoch, the two were also able
to go unscathed. Iowas top doubles team of juniors Cassie
Haas and Denitza Alexandrova are presently ranked No. 12 in
the ITA Central Region.
Despite dropping their first dual match of the season last
weekend, the Commodores are playing solid tennis in both singles
and doubles. Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk
have been on a role since the start of the 2003 season, as
they are a combined 14-0 in dual matches. Riske, who fell
to No. 2-ranked Kelly McCain of Duke in three tough sets,
Tsoubanos and freshman Ashley Schellhas all have 6-1 singles
records at their respective positions.
Riske and Tsoubanos have continued to prove they are one
of the top doubles teams in the country, as they are presently
7-0 in dual matches and 16-1 during the 2002-03 season.