Tennis Stuns No. 6-Ranked Ole Miss, 4-3 3/23/03
Reynolds becomes Vanderbilt’s all-time single-season
victory record holder
OXFORD, Miss. - Vanderbilt head coach Ken Flach entered
the 2002-03 season with high expectations for his team.
Flach's team has not disappointed in meeting those expectations,
as his squad picked up possibly their biggest win since
he took over the reigns seven years ago on Sunday afternoon.
The 14th-ranked Commodores stunned the sixth-ranked
Rebels of Ole Miss, 4-3, at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis
Center. With the win, the Commodores improve to 13-2
overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while
the Rebels fall to 12-3 overall and also 4-2 in the
The doubles point proved to be the decisive point in
the match, and once again the Commodores were able to
capitalize. Vanderbilt has now won 14 of 15 doubles
this season, as they swept all three doubles matches
against the Rebels. The only time the Commodores lost
the doubles point was last weekend to No. 2-ranked Florida.
Juniors Bobby Reynolds and Lewie Smith, who are ranked
43rd nationally, picked up an 8-5 victory over the 17th-ranked
team of Alex Hartman and Claes Lindholm at the No. 1
position. Reynolds and Smith have now won three-straight
SEC matches after losing their first two.
Vanderbilt seventh-ranked team of junior Chad Harris
and sophomore Scott Brown continued to be pretty much
unbeatable at the No. 2 position, as they eased by Caitlin
Gard and Karim Alayli, 8-5. Juniors Zach Dailey and
Jens Pilgram-Larsen closed things out by defeating Paul
Ciorascu and Patrick Chucri, decisively, 8-4.
In singles, Dailey picked up a easy straight-set win
over Alayli, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 5 position. Dailey’s
victory clinched the team victory for the Commodores.
The Commodores other two wins came from Reynolds and
Smith. The second-ranked Reynolds picked up a huge straight-set
win over the 19th-ranked Hartman, 6-1, 6-2. With the
win, Reynolds picked up his 32nd victory of the season.
Besides holding the record for the most career singles
victories, he also owns the record for the most singles
win in a season. The previous mark was held by Chris
Groer, who set the mark back in 1995.
Smith improved his dual-match record to 13-1, as he
defeated Chucri in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. In the other
three singles matches, the 13ht-ranked Harris was upset
by Gard in three sets, while sophomore Matthew Lockin
and Brown lost their matches in straight sets.
Vanderbilt returns to action at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March
28, against SEC Western Division rival Louisiana State,
who is ranked 27th nationally, in Baton Rouge, La. The
Commodores will conclude their six-match roadtrip at
11 a.m. Sunday against non-conference foe Tulane, who
is ranked No. 20, in New Orleans.
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