NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt's women's tennis team (19-5) had little trouble on Friday afternoon, as it defeated Boston University (10-12), 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. With the win, the Commodores improve to 8-1 in first round NCAA matches.
"It was just good to play again since we hadn't played since April 18 (Tennessee)," Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald said. "We were a little rusty, but we were able to focus and we showed respect for our opponent. The best thing is we got use to playing and competing again."
Vanderbilt will take on Big East Tournament champion Notre Dame at 3 p.m. CT Saturday. The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the Sweet 16 in Gainesville, Fla., May 17-20.
The Commodores jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on the Terriers, as they picked up wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions. Senior Sarah Riske and junior Aleke Tsoubanos defeated Elena deMendoza and Laura Ahmes at the top position, 8-0. Riske and Tsoubanos are now 29-5 on the year and 20-4 in dual matches.
Riske, who graduated on Friday morning with a degree in psychology, became Vanderbilt's all-time leader in doubles victories with 106. The previous record was held by Kate Burson, who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2002.
Junior Kelly Schmandt and sophomore Audra Falk notched the other doubles victory for Vanderbilt, as they defeated Lindsey Dynof and Aimee Cherest, 8-0. The 2003 All-SEC First Team members improve their overall mark to 22-6 on the season. Sophomore Annie Menees and freshman Ashley Schellhas' match at No. 3 was stopped after the Commodores dropped the point.
The Commodores wasted little time in the singles competition, as head coach Geoff Macdonald's squad earned wins at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 positions. Riske was the first player to get off the court, as she eased by Dynof, 6-0, 6-1. She has now registered a 24-8 singles record this year.
Schmandt and Menees both had little trouble in their respective matches. Schmandt defeated Ahmes in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, while Menees only dropped one game en route to her victory over Charest, 6-0, 6-1.