Tennis Steamrolls by No. 39-Ranked Indiana, 7-0
Commodores now begin preparation for
SEC home openers
Tenn. - The Vanderbilt men's tennis team gave head coach
Ken Flach his best start since taking over the reigns
in 1997, as the Commodores moved their dual-match record
to 7-1 with a 7-0 victory over No. 39-ranked Indiana
on Saturday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis
Center. With the win, the Commodores also ended the
Hoosiers undefeated streak, as IU falls to 8-1 on the
earned its eighth-consecutive doubles point; however,
it did not come without a challenge. Junior Chad Harris
and sophomore Scott Brown got things going at the No.
2 position, as they defeated Viktor Libal and Petr Novotny,
8-4. Since Flach paired Harris and Brown up back at
the SEC Indoor Championship, the duo is now 10-1.
Indiana was able to pick up a win at the No. 3 doubles
spot, as John Stone and Jakub Praibis defeated Vanderbilt
juniors Zach Dailey and Jens Pilgram-Larsen, 8-5. With
the doubles competition tied at 1-1, that meant juniors
Bobby Reynolds and Lewie Smith would have to win at
the No. 1 position. Despite trailing early on in the
match, Reynolds and Smith were able to squeak out a
8-6 win over Zach Held and Ryan Recht to give the Commodores
the doubles point.
singles portion of the match was exactly the opposite
of the doubles, as the Commodores had no problems in
winning all six matches in straight sets. Reynolds extended
his winning streak to 15, as he cruised by Libal, 6-1,
6-2 at the No. 1 spot. With the win, he now stands at
25-5 in singles competition this year.
Harris also picked up another quality win, as he defeated
Praibis, 6-3, 6-2. With Saturday's victory, Harris has
now won 20 singles matches this year. Sophomore Matt
Lockin won his third consecutive dual match, as he blew
by Novotny, 6-2, 6-1.
Dailey, Brown and Smith gave up only 13 games in their
six sets of tennis at the No. 4-6 positions, respectively.
These three are a combined 18-3 during the 2003 dual-match
The Commodores will now begin preparation for their
Southeastern Conference home openers against No. 20-ranked
Georgia and No. 25-ranked Tennessee. Vanderbilt will
take on Georgia at 2 p.m. (CST) Friday, and Tennessee
at 12 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be held at the
Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center and admission to both
matches are free.