Tennis Final Four Bound; Sweeps No. 2 Baylor, 4-0
Brown Clinches Victory for Dores at No. 4 Singles
Ga. - No one could have imagined the Vanderbilt mens
tennis team making the NCAA Final Four at the start
of the 2002-03, especially since the Commodores had
never advanced past the second round. The seventh-seeded
Commodores scored possibly the programs biggest
victory ever on Sunday, defeating second-seeded Baylor
in convincing fashion, 4-0, at the Dan MaGill Tennis
Vanderbilt (26-3) will now take on sixth-seeded UCLA
(24-3) at 12 p.m. (EST) Monday at Henry Feild Stadium.
The other Final Four matchup will pit the Illinois/Mississippi
winner against the Stanford/California winner at 4 p.m.
Sophomore Scott Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) sealed the Commodores
victory on Sunday, beating 45th-ranked Matias Marin
in three grueling sets, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, at the No. 4
singles position. The victory was perhaps Browns
finest moment as a Commodore, who had lost his previous
two matches in straight sets. It was Browns 20th
of the 2002-03 season.
The Commodores got things rolling in doubles, as they
picked up wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Juniors
Zach Dailey (Memphis, Tenn.) and Lewie Smith (Memphis,
Tenn.) gave Vanderbilt its first doubles win, as they
defeated Marin and Ivor Lovrak, 8-3. Dailey and Smith
have been untouchable this season in posting a 9-0 record.
Junior Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.) and sophomore Matt
Lockin (Lilburn, Ga.) clinched the doubles point with
another impressive performance. Harris and Lockin defeated
the 33rd-ranked team of Benjamin Becker and Zoltan Popp,
8-3, at No. 2 doubles. Brown and junior Bobby Reynolds
(Acworth, Ga.) match with the 29th-ranked team of Benedikt
Dorsch and Renier Neurohr was halted after Harris and
Lockin clinched the point.
Vanderbilts first singles point of the day came
from Lockin at the third position. The 66th-ranked Lockin
continued his outstanding play in cruising by the 44th-ranked
Popp in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Lockin is now won 28
matches in his first year with the Commodores.
The other singles point came from Harris, who scored
a major upset at No. 2 singles. The 16th-ranked Harris
stunned the No. 2-ranked Dorsch in three sets, 7-6,
3-6, 6-2. It was Harris first completed match
since the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.
Dorsch entered the match with an incredible 42-4 singles
Reynolds match with Becker was in the third set
before the match was stopped. He was down a break of
serve in the final set. Dailey was only four games into
his match with Neurohr, while Smith had not started
his match with Lovrak.
4-6, 3-2 (BU Led)