|Women’s Tennis Set
to Take on No. 24-Ranked Georgia Tech 2/13/03
Commodores To Play First Dual Match in Two Weeks
Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team returns to
action this weekend when it takes on No. 24-ranked Georgia
Tech at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center.
The Commodores will be looking for their ninth dual win (8-1)
of the 2003 season. Vanderbilt’s match with Georgia
Tech will be its final non-conference match before its grueling
Southeastern Conference schedule starts. The Yellow Jackets
presently stand at 3-1 this season. This will be the seventh
meeting all-time between these two squads. The Commodores
lead the all-time series 5-1, which includes a 6-1 victory
last year in Atlanta.
In the recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association national
rankings, which were released on Wednesday, Vanderbilt dropped
from No. 8 to 10 despite not playing a match. The drop in
the rankings was due to not competing in last weekend’s
ITA National Team Indoor Championship, which the Commodores
were invited to. The tournament showcased 16 of the top teams
in the country. Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald elected
to keep his team home so several players could get over some
nagging injuries before the start of the SEC schedule.
Several streaks will be on the line this weekend when the
Commodores take the court. Senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke
Tsoubanos, who are ranked No. 2 nationally, have won 13-consecutive
doubles matches while posting a 18-1 mark for the season.
Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk are both 9-0
in dual action this season. Riske, Tsoubanos and freshman
Ashley Schellhas have combined for a 25-3 record this dual-match
The Commodores also carry a 14-match regular season winning
streak against teams that are ranked lower then them into
the Georgia Tech match. The Commodores last loss to a team
ranked lower then them was March 17, 2002 against then No.
6-ranked Florida, 4-3.
Led by fourth-year head Bryan Shelton, the Yellow Jackets
will present a difficult challenge for the Commodores. Shelton’s
squad has taken on some tough competition early on this season,
including 19th-ranked South Alabama and 29th-ranked Auburn.
The Yellow Jackets have a lot of talent at the top of their
Senior Jamie Wong and sophomore Catherine Gunn are ranked
33rd and 59th, respectively. Wong and Gunn have combined to
win 26 singles match during the 2002-03 season. Another area
Georgia Tech has been strong in is its doubles play. In their
four matches, the Yellow Jackets have yet to drop the doubles
point to their opponent.