7/18/2005Two Commodores won matches in the USTA Women's
Satellite Tour of Baltimore last week -- an event that
boasted 32 young, up-and-coming women's tennis
players, both amateur and professional.
Junior Amanda Fish (Scituate, Mass.) and
sophomore Taka Bertrand (Great Falls, Va.) each
competed in the singles draw and the duo teamed up in
the doubles portion finishing second to top-seeded
Beau Jones and Petra Rampre.
"It was a lot of fun," Fish said. "It was really
good experience to play against the people who do that
for a living. There is another level out there that I can
Fish and Bertrand lost their first doubles set
6-3 to the Russian tandem of Kelly Anderson and Alicia
Pillay and then did not lose another set until the final. In
their second match the Commodore team knocked off
the No. 4 seeded pair of Katherine Baker and Claire
Peterzan of Great Britain, 7-5, 6-4.
The $10,000 prize was awarded to top-
seeded Jones and Rampre, who were ranked No. 865
on the USTA Pro Circuit before entering the match, after
they defeated Fish and Bertrand 6-3, 7-5.
"It was an advantage that Taka and I had
played together for the entire year," Fish said. "It worked
out really well. We know each other's games pretty well
and we know what each other is and isn't going to do,
so that really helped."
In the singles portion the Vanderbilt student-
athletes were also met with success posting a
combined 4-2 record. Fish easily handled Raluca
Ciulei, 6-0, 6-1 in the first round.
She then won each of her next two matches
6-3, 7-6 (5), the latter against the No. 7 seed and 648th-
ranked Nicole Leimbach. Fish fell in the semifinals to
eventual champion Madison Brengle in three tough
sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Bertrand also defeated a ranked opponent
when she defeated No 742 Mariana Correa 3-6, 6-4, 6-
3. She fell in the second round 6-0, 6-3 to Christina
Fusano, who was ranked No. 540 and seeded fourth in
the main draw before the tournament.