Women's tennis handles IUPUI 4-0, advances

NASHVILLE-- The third-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (23-3) needed just one hour and 39 minutes to advance to the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship with a commanding 4-0 victory over the Mid-Continent Conference champion IUPUI Jaguars. The Black and Gold will meet #17-32 seeded Florida State (18-7) at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center. The Seminoles outlasted #33-48-seeded Marshall, 4-2, in Saturday's opening match.

NASHVILLE-- The third-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (23-3) needed just one hour and 39 minutes to advance to the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship with a commanding 4-0 victory over the Mid-Continent Conference champion IUPUI Jaguars. The Black and Gold will meet #17-32 seeded Florida State (18-7) at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center. The Seminoles outlasted #33-48-seeded Marshall, 4-2, in Saturday's opening match.

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*

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