Tennis Rolls into NCAA Quarterfinals; Defeats Texas
A&M, 4-1 5/17/03
Commodores to Take on Baylor/Alabama Winner in Quarterfinals
Ga. - The seventh-seeded Vanderbilt mens tennis
team (25-3) moved one step closer to its ultimate goal,
a NCAA Championship, as the Commodores defeated 10th-seeded
Texas A&M (21-10), 4-1, on Saturday afternoon on
the McWhorter Courts at the Dan MaGill Tennis Complex.
The Commodores will now take on the winner of the No.
2 Baylor/No. 15 Alabama match, which started following
the Vanderbilt-Texas A&M match. The Commodores will
take on the Bears or Crimson Tide at 12 p.m. (EST) Sunday.
Vanderbilt, who has won 11 straight dual matches, started
the afternoon off in familiar fashion, as it win the
doubles point for the 23rd time in 27 opportunities.
Junior Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.) and sophomore Matt
Lockin (Lilburn, Ga.) got things going at the No. 2
position, as they rolled by Matt Loucks and John Nallon,
8-0. This was a big win for the Vanderbilt duo, as they
had dropped their previous three doubles matches.
Junior Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.) and sophomore Scott
Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) wrapped up the point at the No.
1 position, when they defeated Texas A&Ms
25th-ranked team of Ryan Newport and Lester Cook, 8-3.
Reynolds and Brown are now 7-1 as a doubles team during
the 2002-03 season.
Reynolds, the No. 1-ranked singles player in the country,
scored a straight-set victory of the 13th-ranked Newport,
6-3, 6-4, at the top position. Reynolds has now won
nine straight matches and 23 of his last 24. For the
2002-03 season, he holds a 42-6 overall record and a
23-1 dual-match mark.
Lockin sealed another of Vanderbilts singles points,
as the 66th-ranked player defeated 50th-ranked Ante
Matijevic in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2. This was a big
win for Lockin, who was defeated rather handily in his
previous match against Pepperdines Diego Acuna.
He has won 27 matches this season for the Commodores.
Junior Lewie Smith (Memphis, Tenn.) sealed the final
point for Vanderbilt, defeating John Nallon, 6-4, 6-4,
at No. 6 singles. Smith, who has five straight victories,
is now 27-8 for the year, which includes a 21-4 dual-match
The Aggies only win of the day came at No. 4 singles,
as Khaled El Dorry edged out Brown, 7-5, 6-4. Harris
and junior Zach Dailey (Memphis, Tenn.) had their matches
halted after the Commodores had already clinched the
4-5 (TAMU Led)
3-2 (VU Led)