Dores whip 'Noles, 4-1; to face Vols in Sweet 16

NASHVILLE-- For the seventh consecutive season, the No. 3-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (24-3) are heading to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen." The Black and Gold won a hard-fought 4-1 decision over the #17-32 seeded Florida State Seminoles (18-8) on Sunday to advance to the round of 16 where, for the third straight year, they will face Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee (May 20).

NASHVILLE-- For the seventh consecutive season, the No. 3-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (24-3) are heading to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen." The Black and Gold won a hard-fought 4-1 decision over the #17-32 seeded Florida State Seminoles (18-8) on Sunday to advance to the round of 16 where, for the third straight year, they will face Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee (May 20).

"I would like to commend Florida State on a great season," said Vanderbilt head coach Geoff Macdonald. "They put up a tremendous fight today, and this certainly was not an easy 4-1 match. I believe this was one of the closest NCAA Regional matches we've ever had. I thought Florida State played great overall, but I also felt that we had a couple of players who would not be denied today."

The Commodores opened the contest with the nation's number two-ranked doubles tandem, seniors Aleke Tsoubanos (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara, Calif.), racing to a quick 8-1 triumph over FSU's Moldovan and Clarke. Junior duo Audra Falk (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Annie Menees (St. Louis, Mo.) followed closely behind with an 8-3 victory over the Seminoles' Dumitrescu and Deason to clinch the doubles point. Sophomore Ashley Schellhas (Edina, Minn.) and freshman Amanda Fish had a 7-4 advantage over FSU's Denny and Cordell when their match was suspended.

Tsoubanos was the first Commodore in singles to add another point to Vanderbilt's total with a commanding 6-2, 6-1 decision over Denny at the #3 position, while Fish, a Scituate, Mass., native defeated the Seminoles' Roxanne Clarke 7-5, 6-2 at #4 singles to put the Black and Gold ahead 3-0.

Florida State tried to mount a comeback as FSU's Mihaela Moldovan got the "Noles on the board with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Schmandt at two singles. For Moldovan the win marked her 26th consecutive singles victory.

The rally was short lived for the ‘Noles as Menees clinched the contest for the Commodores with a tough 6-4, 6-3 victory at the six position over Alina Mihailescu. Falk led her match 3-6, 6-1, 2-1 when it was suspended, while Schellhas and FSU's Deason were tied at a set apiece (2-6, 6-2, 0-0).

#3 Vanderbilt vs. #17-32 Florida State, 4-1

Doubles

1. Tsoubanos/Schmandt (VU) def. Moldovan/Clarke (FSU), 8-1
2. Falk/Menees (VU) def. Dumitrescu/Deason (FSU), 8-3
3. Schellhas/Fish (VU) vs. Denny/Brooke Crodell (FSU), 7-4, susp.
Order of finish: 1,2*

Singles

1. Audra Falk (VU) led Anca Dumitrescu (FSU), 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, susp.
2. Mihaela Moldovan (FSU) def. Kelly Schmandt (VU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Aleke Tsoubanos (VU) def. Christina Denny (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
4. Amanda Fish (VU) def. Roxanne Clarke (FSU), 7-5, 6-2
5. Ashley Schellhas (VU) vs. Lindsay Deason (FSU), 2-6, 6-2, 0-0, susp.
6. Annie Menees (VU) def. Alina Mihailescu (FSU), 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 3,4,2,6*

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