|Commodores Well-Represented in
NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournaments 5/2/03
Six Players to Participate in an Individual Capacity
Tenn. - Vanderbilt senior womens tennis player Sarah Riske
(McMurray, Pa.) and junior mens 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 womens tournament will be held on the campus of the
University of Florida, while the mens competition will
take place at the University of Georgia.
The 15th-ranked Riske will compete in both the singles and doubles
tournament. She was Vanderbilts only entry into the singles
draw. Junior Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.), who is ranked
80th nationally, was named the fourth alternate for the singles
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 Vanderbilts 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 womens
singles and doubles draws.
mens 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 mens tennis player to ever
earn a No. 1 ranking, he was also named the SEC Player of the
Year and the SEC Tournaments 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 mens 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