Women's Tennis: Vanderbilt improves to 10-0

The No. 4 Vanderbilt women's tennis opened up play at the 2002 National Indoor Championships with a 5-2 win over No. 17 Northwestern Thursday in Madison, Wisc. With the victory, the Commodores advance to Friday's quarterfinals and push their record to 10-0 on the season, making them the first team in the nation to reach the double-digit win plateau this year.

 The Commodores opened strong and took two of the three
doubles matches to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.  Junior
Sarah Riske (McMurray, Pa.) and sophomore Aleke Tsoubanos
(Chesterfield, Mo.) posted a 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over the 31st
ranked team of Piriou/Rush of Northwestern.  Senior Jenny Miller
(Savannah, Ga.) and sophomore Kelly Schmandt (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
then clinched the doubles point with their 9-7 victory at No. 3
In the singles play, Riske led the Commodores as she upset
the No. 9 player in the nation, Marine Piriou, in straight sets.  Two
Northwestern victories at No. 3 and No. 5 tied the match at 2-2 with
three singles matches remaining.  Miller gave the Commodores the lead
again at 3-2 with her straight set win over Lia Jackson, ranked No.
55 in the nation.  Freshman Annie Menees (St. Louis, Mo.) then
clinched the match for the Commodores with her win at No. 6.  Senior
Kate Burson (Washington, D.C.) recorded the final Vanderbilt win of
the day with her win at No. 4.
The win marked the second consecutive year that the
Commodores have defeated the Wildcats at the National Indoors, having
beat them 5-2 in the quarterfinals last year. Vanderbilt will meet No.
13 Notre Dame in Friday's quarterfinals.  The Fighting Irish defeated
No. 9 Southern California 5-2 in first round play today.

No. 4 Vanderbilt 5, No. 17 Northwestern 2
1. #27 Sarah Riske (VU) def. #9 Marine Piriou (NU)  6-4, 6-2
2.  Jenny Miller (VU) def. #55 LiaJackson (NU)   7-5, 6-2
3.  #95 Jessica Rush (NU) def. #82 Katie Blaszak (VU)   7-5, 6-3
4.  #97 Kate Burson (VU) def. Andrea Yung (NU)   7-6, 3-6, 10-8
5.  Simona Petrutiu (NU) def. Kelly Schmandt (VU)     6-4, 6-4
6.  Annie Menees (VU) def. Ruth Barnes (NU)     7-6, 6-0

1.  Riske/Tsoubanos (VU) #31 Piriou/Rush (NU)     8-4
2.  Jackson/Petrutiu (NU) def. Burson/Menees (VU)     9-8
3.  Miller/Schmandt (VU) def. Barnes/Knox (NU)   9-7

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