Tennis Defeats Georgia for First Time Since 1978
Commodores now set to host visiting Volunteers on
Tenn. - The losing streak is finally over for the Vanderbilt
men's tennis team, as the 24th-ranked Commodores defeated
No. 22-ranked Georiga for the first time since 1978
on Friday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis
Center, 7-0. With the win, the Commodores move to 8-1
overall and more importantly 1-1 in the Southeastern
Conference, while the Bulldogs fall to 3-6 overall and
0-1 in the conference.
Vanderbilt got the early advantage, as it won the critical
doubles point. Junior Chad Harris and Scott Brown got
things going by defeating Stephan Timu and Raian Luchici,
8-1. The ninth-ranked team of Harris and Brown are now
11-1 on the season and 6-0 in dual matches.
Junior Zach Dailey and sophomore Matthew Lockin clinched
the doubles point for the Commodores, as they defeated
Strahinja Bobusic and William Glenn at the No. 2 spot,
8-3. Vanderbilt's only loss of the day came at the No.
1 doubles position, as juniors Bobby Reynolds and Lewie
Smith lost a difficult match to Bo Hodge and Nicolas
The marquee singles match-up of the day slated fifth-ranked
Reynolds against sixth-ranked Hodge. The Vanderbilt
junior jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set
and really never looked back. Reynolds cruised by Hodge
in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to extend his winning streak
to 16. He also made history by tying Vanderbilt graduate
Andrew Nisker's career singles mark of 79. Reynolds
will have the opportunity to take sole possession of
the record on Sunday against Tennessee.
No. 15-ranked Harris moved his dual-match singles record
to 6-1, as he defeated Timu in straight sets at the
No. 2 singles position, 6-2, 7-6. Harris and Reynolds
have combined to win 47 singles matches during the 2002-03
season. Lockin had one of the more exciting wins of
the afternoon, as he battled back from a set and 4-2
down to defeat Boeker, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. He has now won
four consecutive dual matches.
Brown and Smith all played exceptional matches for head
coach Ken Flach. Dailey defeated Bobusic at the No.
4 spot, 6-2, 6-4, Brown eased by Luchici at the No.
5 position, 6-3, 7-5 and Smith had no problems in defeating
Jason Varela, 6-2, 6-1, at sixth singles spot.
Commodores will take a four-match winning streak into
Sunday's SEC match-up with rival Tennessee. The match
is slated to start at 12 p.m. at the Currey Tennis Center.
Tennessee dropped its SEC opener to Kentucky on Friday,
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