Tennis Defeats 20th-Ranked LSU on the Road, 5-2
ROUGE, La. - The accomplishments keep rolling in for
the eighth-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team, as on
Friday it defeated Louisiana State, 5-2, for its fifth
Southeastern Conference victory. The Commodores' five
conference wins sets a new record for the men's tennis
program. With the win, they stand at 14-2 overall and
5-2 in the SEC, while the Tigers fall to 9-6 overall
and 2-5 in the conference.
Commodores were still able to win the match handily
despite dropping the doubles point for only the second
time this season. The Tigers were able to win two of
the three matches, which came at the No. 2 and No. 3
positions. Vanderbilt's only win came at the No. 1 spot,
which the 14th-ranked team of Bobby Reynolds and Lewie
Smith defeated LSU's 13th-ranked team of Bryan Fisher
and Jason Hazley, 8-4.
1-0 heading into the singles competition, the Commodores
put together an incredible string of matches en route
to the team victory. The No. 2-ranked Reynolds picked
up a decisive , 6-3, 6-1, win over Hazley at the No.
1 position. For Reynolds, it was his 23rd-consecutive
victory. He now owns a 33-5 overall record and a 14-0
the No. 2 position, junior Chad Harris had to battle
back from one set down to defeat Fisher. Harris, who
is ranked 10th nationally, dropped the first set, 7-5,
but fought back to win the next two, 6-0, 6-4. Harris
is now 12-2 in dual matches and 27-8 for the year.
Matt Lockin picked up a huge straight-set win over 38th-ranked
Peter Richman, 6-4, 6-3. Richman, who normally competes
at the No. 1 spot, was moved down to the No. 3 position
in hopes of giving the Tigers a win. Lockin played a
solid match, as he picked up his 19th win of the year.
coach Ken Flach picked up his other two singles wins
at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Junior Zach Dailey
earned a straight-set win over Cory Ross, 6-3, 7-5.
Dailey is now 12-3 in dual matches. Besides Reynolds,
possibly the strongest player as of late has been Smith.
With a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Paul White, Smith is now
18-5 on the year and 14-1 in dual matches.
Commodores return to action at 11 a.m. Sunday for a
non-conference dual with 27th-ranked Tulane in New Orleans.
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