Tennis Rolls by No. 75-Ranked Furman, 7-0
Commodores now set for dual with Ohio State
Tenn. The No. 28-ranked Vanderbilt mens
tennis team got back on the winning track by defeating
No. 75-ranked Furman,7-0, on Saturday afternoon at the
Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores were
also able to avenge their 2002 loss to the Paladins
last season in Greenville, S.C. With the win, Vanderbilt
moves to 5-1 on the season, while Furman falls to 3-2.
The Commodores jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, as they
swept the doubles competition for the fifth time in
six dual matches. Vanderbilt has now won doubles point
in all of its matches, and has won 17 of its 18 doubles
matches. Juniors Bobby Reynolds and Lewie Smith remained
undefeated in dual-match action, as they defeated James
Cameron and Patrick Fillnow, 8-5. At the No.2 doubles
position, junior Chad Harris and sophomore Scott Brown
cruised by Andrew Rogers and Dasef Weems, 8-4. During
the match, Harris slipped on the baseline and fell on
his wrist. He remained in the match, which him and Brown
were able hold on and win. Juniors Zach Dailey and Jens
Pilgram-Larsen flew by Chris Henderson and Allen Simmons
at the No. 3 position, 8-2.
Reynolds returned to singles action for possibly the
most exciting match of the day. The junior was able
gut out a difficult 7-6, 7-6 win over Cameron. In both
sets, Reynolds fell behind a break only to battle back
and capture each set. With the win, he has now won 23
singles matches this season and is 4-0 in dual matches.
Hurt wrist and all, Harris battled through the pain
to easily defeat Fillnow in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3
at the No. 2 position. Junior Matt Lockin ended a two-match
losing streak by defeating Henderson, 6-3, 6-4. The
University of Michigan transfer dropped both of his
singles matches last weekend in three sets.
Despite being pushed to three sets, Dailey really had
no major problems in defeating Rogers, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
Brown and Smith both notched straight-set wins at the
No. 5 and 6 positions, respectively.
The Commodores will now return to action at 12 p.m.
Sunday for a meeting with No. 24-ranked Ohio State,
who is coming a difficult 4-3 loss to No. 14-ranked
Alabama on Friday. Vanderbilt and Ohio State split in
their two meetings last season. The Buckeyes won the
regular-season meeting, while the Commodores won their
match in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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