Tennis establishes display for All-Americans

Aug. 11, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Since 1995, Vanderbilt's men's and women's tennis programs have combined to make 23 NCAA Tournament appearances. In those 23 appearances, Vanderbilt has a combined record of 46-23 and two runner-up finishes (2001 women, 2003 men).

Vanderbilt's teams have accomplished a lot over the years, but all would not be possible without great coaches and great players. Vanderbilt has developed many good players over time, but none are more notable than the 11 All-Americans, who have donned the Black and Gold.

Vanderbilt has long honored those All-Americans with a banner inside the Currey Tennis Center, however, this summer, Vanderbilt made their accomplishments even more noticeable with the installation of an All-America display.

"We know how hard it is to be an All-American and first and foremost we wanted another way to recognize those players for their achievement," men's tennis coach Ian Duvenhage said.

Located on the second level of the Currey Tennis Center, the wall honors each former All-American with their picture along with their name and the year(s) they received All-America accolades.

"I love recognizing excellence, and the All-American wall honors the players who have distinguished themselves by achieving at such an extraordinary level," women's tennis coach Geoff Macdonald said. "My hope is that the wall motivates everyone who sees it to strive to be their best. I am moved and humbled to see it every day at work."

Vanderbilt's All-Americans include Chris Groer (1996), Chad Harris (2003, 04) and Bobby Reynolds (2002, 03) from the men's team. The All-Americans from the women's team are Kate Burson (2001), Julie Ditty (1999, 2001), Audra Falk (2004, 05), Amanda Fish (2006, 07), Sarah Riske (2002, 03), Kelly Schmandt (2004), Amanda Taylor (2007, 08) and Aleke Tsoubanos (2002, 03, 04).



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