Stays Hot With Win Over Mississippi State, 5-2
Reynolds ties VU all-time single-season victory
Miss. – The Vanderbilt men’s tennis team
kept pace in the Southeastern Conference race, as it
defeated Mississippi State on Friday afternoon, 5-2.
With the win, the Commodores move their record to 12-2
overall and 3-2 in the SEC, while the Bulldogs fall
to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Head coach Ken Flach’s squad won its 13th doubles
point in 14 matches this season, but it did not come
without a fight. Juniors Bobby Reynolds and Lewie Smith
held off Romain Ambert and Jerome Le Belicard to clinch
the doubles point in the decisive match at the No. 1
position, 8-6. The seventh-ranked team of Chad Harris
and sophomore Scott Brown continued their outstanding
play at the No. 2 spot, as they defeated Romaine-Charles
Combette and Florence Girod, 8-1. Juniors Zach Dailey
and Jens Pilgram-Larsen dropped their match at the No.
3 position, 8-5.
In singles, the No. 2-ranked Reynolds continued his
amazing play, as he ended a five-match losing streak
to Mississippi State’s Romain Ambert. Reynolds,
who has now won 21-consecutive matches, defeated the
60th-ranked Ambert in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. He also
tied 2000 Vanderbilt graduate Andrew Nisker’s
record for singles wins in a season, as he notched his
31st win of the season.
The 13th-ranked Harris clinched the match for the Commodores,
as he defeated Rene-Charles Combette in straight sets
at the No. 2 positon. Harris, who is now 11-1 in dual
matches, defeated Combette, 6-1, 7-6 (2). Harris and
Reynolds have won a combined 58 matches in 2002-03.
Sophomore Matt Lockin picked up a straight-set win
at the No. 3 position, as he defeated Belicard, 6-4,
6-1. He has now won two-straight dual matches after
dropping his previous two. Smith continued his outstanding
play at the No. 6 spot, as he held off Luc Maasdorp
in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. He now posts a 16-5 overall
record and a solid 12-1 mark in dual matches.
The Commodores return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday
for an SEC showdown with sixth-ranked Mississippi in
Oxford. The Rebels currently stand at 13-2 overall and
3-1 in the conference.
||6-1, 7-6 (2)
||Jerome Le Belicard
||5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
||7-6 (1), 3-6, 10-7
||6-1, 4-6, 6-1