Vanderbilt set the tone for the contest from the beginning, as the three Black and Gold duos made quick work of their IUPUI doubles foes by identical 8-0 scores. Juniors Audra Falk (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Annie Menees (St. Louis, Mo.) were the first to complete play by routing Brookley Crews and Emily Dukeman at the #2 slot. They were followed closely by the nation's second-ranked doubles pairing, VU seniors Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who clinched the doubles point for the Commodores with a win at #1 against Mallory Stemle and Michelle Cunningham. Sophomore Ashley Schellhas and freshman Amanda Fish (Scituate, Mass.) led their contest 7-0 and were up 30-0 over Madison Reasoner and Amanda Valse when the doubles point was officially decided, but the referee allowed them to complete their match.
The 'Dores took a 3-0 lead after Menees took just 32 minutes to down IUPUI's Reasoner at #6 singles (6-0, 6-0), while Falk, playing in the top singles position and ranked #14 in the country, utilized only 47 minutes to post a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Crews.
Schellhas, an Edina, Minn., native, polished off the first round victory for the Black and Gold by registering a commanding 6-0, 6-1 victory over Valse at the number five spot.
Schmandt (6-1, 4-1), Tsoubanos (6-0, 3-0) and Fish (6-1, 5-0) were all in firm control of their matches when they were suspended as IUPUI managed to take a total of only five games counting both the doubles and singles contests.
The victory gives Vanderbilt its ninth-consecutive NCAA First Round triumph, and the 4-0 win marks the eighth straight season in which Vandy has posted an opening round shutout in NCAA Tournament play.
Admission is free to Sunday's NCAA Second Round matchup.
#3 Vanderbilt vs. #49-64 IUPUI, 4-0 Doubles 1. Tsoubanos/Schmandt (VU) vs. Stemle/Cunningham (IUPUI), 8-0 2. Falk/Menees (VU) vs. Crews/Dukeman (IUPUI), 8-0 3. Schellhas/Fish (VU) vs. Reasoner/Valse (IUPUI), 8-0 Order of finish: 2, 3*,1 Singles 1. Audra Falk (VU) vs. Brookley Crews (IUPUI), 6-1, 6-0 2. Kelly Schmandt (VU) vs. Mallory Stemle (IUPUI), 6-1, 4-1, susp. 3. Aleke Tsoubanos (VU) vs. Michelle Cunningham (IUPUI), 6-0, 3-0, susp. 4. Amanda Fish (VU) vs. Emily Dukeman (IUPUI), 6-1, 5-0, susp. 5. Ashley Schellhas (VU) vs. Amanda Valse (IUPUI), 6-0, 6-1 6. Annie Menees (VU) vs. Madison Reasoner (IUPUI), 6-0, 6-0 Order of finish: 6, 1, 5*