Commodores Well-Represented in NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournaments 5/2/03
Six Players to Participate in an Individual Capacity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt senior women’s tennis player Sarah Riske (McMurray, Pa.) and junior men’s tennis player Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.) headline six entries for the Commodores to NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, which run from May 19-24. The women’s tournament will be held on the campus of the University of Florida, while the men’s competition will take place at the University of Georgia.

The 15th-ranked Riske will compete in both the singles and doubles tournament. She was Vanderbilt’s only entry into the singles’ draw. Junior Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.), who is ranked 80th nationally, was named the fourth alternate for the singles’ competition.

Riske and Tsoubanos, who earned All-American honors in 2002, will also compete in the doubles. The former No. 1-ranked team in the nation, who currently are ranked third, are one of 32 teams that will contend for an NCAA title. Riske and Tsoubanos, who are Vanderbilt’s all-time winningest doubles team, have compiled an outstanding 28-5 record for the 2002-03 season.

Tournament seedings have not been announced for the women’s singles’ and doubles’ draws.

The men’s singles’ draw is headlined by Reynolds, who was named the top seed for the tournament. The top-ranked player in the country had an outstanding season in helping lead the Commodores to their first SEC Tournament Championship. Besides being the first Vanderbilt men’s tennis player to ever earn a No. 1 ranking, he was also named the SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He will head into the NCAA Tournament with a 40-6 singles record.

Junior Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.) will join Reynolds in the singles’ draw, as he was seeded 9-16 alphabetically. The All-SEC First Team member has helped provide the Commodores with one of the best 1-2 punches in the country, along with Reynolds. Harris is currently ranked 16th, but has been as high as ninth. He has won 31 singles matches in 2002-03.

The men’s team also received good news as two doubles team qualified for the tournament. The 19th-ranked team of Harris and sophomore Scott Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) and Reynolds and junior Lewie Smith (Memphis, Tenn.) slipped into the 32-team field.




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