Riske and Tsoubanos Regain Top Spot in ITA Doubles Rankings 3/26/03
Commodores Well-Represented in Singles and Doubles Polls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Sarah Riske (McMurray, Pa.) and junior Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.) returned to the top spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles rankings, which was released on Wednesday. This is the second time Vanderbilt’s top doubles team has earned the No. 1 spot this season. The other time was back on September 9, when the ITA released its preseason poll.

Riske and Tsoubanos moved up three spots from the previous ITA computer rankings, which was released on March 12. They enter this weekend’s final two home matches with Louisiana State and Arkansas with a 23-3 overall mark and 14-2 record in dual matches.

Junior Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Audra Falk (Cincinnati, Ohio) made one of the biggest moves in the poll, as Vanderbilt’s No. 2 duo jumped up 31 spots from No. 57 to No. 26. Their big move was due mostly in part to upsetting then eighth-ranked Julia Scaringe and Alexis Gordon of Florida, 8-3. Schmandt and Falk currently own a 15-5 overall record and a 12-3 dual-match mark.

Head coach Geoff Macdonald’s squad was also well-represented in the singles rankings. Riske jumped up two spots to No. 11, as she currently owns a 13-3 dual-match record. She has not had a shortage of challenges this year, as she competed against 15 players who are currently in Wednesday’s poll.

Tsoubanos made one of the biggest moves on the singles side, as she surged up 34 spots from No. 96 to No. 62. She is coming off a straight-set win over then 22nd-ranked Julie Rontondi of Florida, which helped the Commodores upset the then top-ranked Gators. Tsoubanos currently boasts a 13-3 dual-match record.

Freshman Ashley Schellhas (Edina, Minn.) rounds things out for Vanderbilt, as she enters the poll ranked No. 96. Schellhas has had a solid first season for the Commodores, as she currently stands at 21-4 overall and 13-2 in dual matches. Her biggest win in her young college career came against Florida, when she won the decisive singles match over Jennifer Magley in three sets.

In the team rankings, the Commodores stand at No. 13, which is the fourth highest of all the Southeastern Conference schools.




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