|Women’s Tennis Begins
NCAA Quest; Set to Host First and Second Rounds 5/7/03
Tenn. – The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team will
return to familiar grounds this weekend, as the Commodores
will be competing in their ninth-consecutive NCAA Tournament.
For Vanderbilt, it will be the sixth-straight time it has
hosted a NCAA Tournament Regional. The Commodores will be
putting their five-year streak of Sweet 16 appearances on
the line when the tournament begins Friday.
The 15th-ranked Commodores (18-5) will kick things off at
2 p.m. (CST) Friday against America East Conference champion
Boston University (10-11) at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis
Center. The Commodores, who are the tournament’s 10th
seed overall, will be joined by Boston University, 21st-ranked
Notre Dame (15-8) and 38th-ranked Missouri (14-6) in Nashville.
Notre Dame and Missouri will play at 10 a.m. (CST) Friday
in the first match of the day.
Just like Vanderbilt, the Terriers of Boston University are
no strangers to the NCAA Tournament. The Terriers are making
their fifth-straight trip to the tournament. They have played
at Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA and Kentucky the previous four
years. For the Commodores, they hold an all-time tournament
record of 17-8. They have won seven of their last 10 matches
in the NCAAs.
For Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald, it will be his
13th appearance in the tournament. He has made nine trips
with Vanderbilt, three when he was head coach at Duke and
one at Louisiana State.
For information on all four teams and on admission and parking,
please read below.
Bullet Points on Participating Teams from 2003 Season
• Vanderbilt is making its ninth appearance in the
NCAA Tournament. The Commodores finished runner-up to Stanford
in 2001 and have made five-straight appearances in the Sweet
• Senior Sarah Riske earned All-SEC Second Team honors
in both singles and doubles in 2003. This is the second-straight
year she has been named to both teams. Riske was by doubles
partner Aleke Tsoubanos on the second team. They have been
ranked as high as No. 1 this year by the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association, and will enter this weekend ranked third.
• Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk earned
All-SEC First Team in doubles at the No. 2 position.
• Riske has had an illustrious four years for the Commodores
in both singles and doubles. Heading into this weekend’s
action, she has won 100 singles and 105 doubles matches.
• Five of the seven members of the team have won at
least 20 singles matches this year, and six of the seven have
won at least 10 dual matches. Freshman Ashley Schellhas leads
the team with 24 overall singles wins, while Riske, Tsoubanos
and Schmandt all won 18 dual matches.
• Falk has posted a 43-9 singles record over her first
two seasons with the Commodores.
• The Terriers have won the last 9 America East titles
and 14 of the last 15.
• This is the fifth straight year the Terriers have
advanced to the NCAAs having played at Pepperdine, Stanford,
UCLA, and Kentucky the last 4 years.
• There is just one senior on the team-captain, Alana
• The Terriers are coached by Lesley Sheehan, who played
at Boston University and was the first B.U. women's tennis
player to qualify for the NCAA Tournament when she played
in the 1983 national tournament.
• Notre Dame is making its 10th NCAA Championships
appearance in the last 11 seasons (all under the guidance
of current head coach Jay Louderback). The Irish are 11-9
in NCAA matches, advancing to the quarterfinals in 1996 and
the round of 16 in 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2001.
• For the fifth time in school history, Notre Dame
will send two players (junior Caylan Leslie - #39 in the nation,
and junior Alicia Salas - #94 in the nation) to the NCAA singles
championships. The Irish have sent at least one player into
the NCAA singles competition 14 times in the last 15 years
(1989-present), only failing to do so in 2002.
• This season, Notre Dame has faced 18 teams that were
ranked at the time of the match, including 11 Top 25 squads.
The Irish are 10-8 against ranked opponents -- 3-8 vs. the
Top 25 and 7-0 vs. teams ranked 26-75.
• Following its 4-3 loss at No. 25 Kentucky on Feb.
24, Notre Dame was 4-5 ... the Irish then turned their season
around by winning 11 of their last 14 matches ... their only
three losses down the stretch were at No. 7 Arizona State
(5-2), at home vs. No. 13 William & Mary (4-3) and at
No. 25 Miami (6-1).
• Notre Dame won its fifth BIG EAST Conference Championship
in its eight-year affiliation with the league back on April
27, ousting defending champion and tournament host Miami,
4-3 in Coral Gables, Fla.
• Tiger veterans Urska Juric and Katka Sevcikova were
named All-Big 12 First Team and freshman Hana Kraftova was
named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
• Juric was selected to compete in the field of 64
at the 2003 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Individual Championships.
Juric and Sevcikova were chosen to compete in the 32-team
NCAA Doubles Championships.
• The Tigers made it to the Big 12 championship for
the first time in program history. Missouri won their first-ever
match at the tournament and finished above .500 for the first
time in the history of the Big 12.
Admission/Parking for Spectators
• Admission for the NCAA Tournament Women’s First
and Second Rounds at the Currey Tennis Center will be free.
• There will be specific parking for those spectators
wishing to come out on Friday morning to watch the Notre Dame-Missouri
match because of Vanderbilt’s graduation. Parking will
be available in the 25th Ave. parking garage for $2. The Natchez
Trace parking lots, which are located across the street from
the football practice fields, are also available free of charge.
For the Vanderbilt-Boston University match in the afternoon,
parking will be available in the Highland Ave. parking garage
and the lot behind the Hawkins Baseball Field.
• Those wishing to come out on Saturday can park in
the Highland Ave. parking garage, the McGugin Center parking
lot (Jess Neely Dr.) or the lot behind the Hawkins Baseball
Field (Jess Neely Dr.). All parking for Saturday and Sunday’s
matches will be free.
• There will be no parking available for spectators
at the Currey Tennis Center.