Tsoubanos, Schmandt, Harris advance; Falk falls

Vanderbilt's senior duo of Kelly Schmandt and Aleke Tsoubanos advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga., Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Muth and Wei of William & Mary. Meanwhile in Tulsa, Vandy's Chad Harris advanced to the NCAA Singles Round of 16.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Vanderbilt's senior duo of Kelly Schmandt and Aleke Tsoubanos advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Muth and Wei of William & Mary Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Commodore pair will face UCLA's Bercek and Fisher on Friday for an opportunity to advance to their second national final of the 2003-04 season. That match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET. Schmandt and Tsoubanos teamed up for the first time in the fall, winning the first of three ITA national tournaments -- the ITA All-American Championships -- in September. Junior Audra Falk's run in the NCAA Tournament ended Thursday with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to the defending NCAA Singles Champion, Amber Liu of Stanford. Falk ended the 2004 regular season ranked No. 13, and turned a trio of wins into an appearance in the tournament's final eight.

TULSA, Okla. -- Vanderbilt senior Chad Harris advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Tournament with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Lester Cook of Texas A&M Thursday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Complex.

Harris will face Izak van der Merwe of Old Dominion on Friday, May 28, at 10 a.m. CT. Van der Merwe was a 7-6, 7-5 winner over Rice's Robert Searle Thursday.

Harris will be out for revenge Friday, as he was defeated by van der Merwe, 7-5, 6-4, during a dual match in March.

In doubles action Thursday, Harris paired up with junior Scott Brown to make their second-straight appearance at the NCAA Doubles Championships. The VU duo lost a tough match to Harvard's Jonathan Chu and David Lingman, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.


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