|Riske and Tsoubanos Regain
Top Spot in ITA Doubles Rankings 3/26/03
Commodores Well-Represented in Singles and Doubles Polls
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
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
In the team rankings, the Commodores stand at No. 13, which
is the fourth highest of all the Southeastern Conference schools.