Women’s Tennis Slips to No. 13; Riske and Tsoubanos Move to No. 3 4/23/03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Sarah Riske (McMurray, Pa.) and junior Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.) moved up one spot to No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles rankings, which was released on Wednesday, after posting a 4-1 mark since the last poll.

Riske and Tsoubanos will head into the NCAA Tournament, which begins on May 9 at a campus site yet to be determined, with a 28-5 overall record and a 19-4 mark in dual matches. In the Southeastern Tournament quarterfinals last weekend, Riske and Tsoubanos scored an 8-4 win over fifth-ranked Vilmarie Castellvi and Melissa Schaub. Their win over Tennessee’s top duo avenged an earlier season dual-match loss.

Vanderbilt’s No. 2 doubles team of junior Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and sophomore Audre Falk (Cincinnati, Ohio) slipped only two spots in the poll, as they fell to No. 31. The duo has had a phenomenal season for the Commodores, as they will head to the NCAA Tournament with a 21-6 overall record and a 18-4 mark in dual matches.

In singles, Riske stayed firm at 15th, which makes her the fourth highest-ranked player in the SEC. She is 23-8 on the year, which includes an 18-5 dual-match record. Except for one poll, Riske has been ranked in the Top 20 the entire year.

Tsoubanos took a slight dip in the rankings, falling four spots to No. 72. Tsoubanos is 16-4 in dual competition at the No. 2 position for head coach Geoff Macdonald. She has won 10 of her last 11 matches. Freshman Ashley Schellhas rounds things out at No. 123. The freshman has been very reliable at the No. 5 position, leading the team in overall wins (24) and dual-match winning percentage (.889).

The women’s team slipped from No. 12 to No. 13 in the ITA team rankings following its loss to No. 8 Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. The Commodores are awaiting whether or not they will receive one of the 16 hosting sites for the NCAA Tournament. The tournament selection show will be on April 30.




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