Tsoubanos Joins Women's Tennis Staff

Aleke Tsoubanos, a three-time All-American at Vanderbilt earlier this decade, has been named Assistant Women's Tennis Coach by Head Coach Geoff Macdonald. She had a brilliant career as a Commodore before moving on to play professionally the past three years.

"Aleke is going to have a real impact on our program," Macdonald says. "She was one of the best doubles players we have ever had here, she probably developed her game as impressively as anyone we've had in our program through her hard work and she will be able to relate to our team through her experiences as a student-athlete on this campus."

Tsoubanos currently holds five school records: she combined with Audra Falk in 2004 to win 15 consecutive doubles matches, she won 82% of her doubles matches between 2000 and 2004, she won 119 doubles matches and she registered 32 victories with both Sarah Riske (‘03) and Kelly Schmandt (‘04).

"I am thrilled to be returning to my alma mater, its tennis program and becoming a member of the Commodore family," Tsoubanos says. "I feel privileged to be working with Coach Macdonald and a group of talented student-athletes. I look forward to using my collegiate and professional experience to further develop the team and help bring a national championship to this great program." <>P Tsoubanos won NCAA All-America honors with Riske in 2002 and 2003 and Schmandt the following year. Additionally, she was a three-time ITA All-America, a first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection and teamed with both Riske and Schmandt to win the ITA All-American Riviera doubles championship. In doing so, Tsoubanos became the only player to win this coveted title in back-to-back years with different partners.

She was also a first team all-NCAA selection for Number 3 singles her senior year and was academic all-SEC.

The St. Louis native played a memorable role in one of the biggest victories in school history. In the 2001 NCAA semi-final match against defending national champion Georgia, Tsoubanos fought off match point after match point against Lori Grey allowing teammate Schmandt to win her tie-breaker match under less pressure. Tsoubanos was still battling when Schmandt's stunning win propelled the Commodores into the national championship match.

Tsoubanos was ranked by the WTA as high as 126 in doubles, winning four doubles titles while on tour. On the ITF circuit she made the doubles semifinals or better 23 times.

She also played World Team Tennis for her hometown, the St. Louis Aces, last summer and again this July. Some significant doubles wins last year included those over Meghann Shaughnessy & Lisa Mcshea, Elena Likhovtseva, Corina Morariu, and Anna Kournikova. Her team also lost a 5-4 (tiebreak) to the former world #1 team of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.

During her four-year tenure, Vanderbilt made one NCAA title match and had another Final Four berth. She will officially begin her new duties August 1.


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