Advances, Harris Upset in NCAA Singles Championship
Doubles Competition Kicks Off on Thursday for Two
Ga. - Less than 24 hours after the Vanderbilt mens
tennis team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to
top-ranked Illinois in the NCAA Team Championship, two
Commodores were back in action for the NCAA Singles
Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Ironically
enough, the two Vanderbilt players would compete with
two Illinois players.
Junior Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.), the tournaments
top seed, was able to get back 20th-ranked Phil Stolt
in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Reynolds, who was named
the NCAAs Most Valuable Player in the team tournament,
improves his 2002-03 overall record to 45-6 (.882 winning
percentage). He will head into tomorrows Round
of 32 match having won 12 straight matches and 34 of
his last 35.
Reynolds will have a difficult test on Thursday, as
he will have rematch with Baylors Benjamin Becker.
The two squared off on Sunday, May 18, in the NCAA Tournament
Quarterfinals. While the match was suspended due to
the Commodores clinching the team victory, Becker led
Reynolds 3-2 in the third set. Becker squeaked out a
three-set win over Ole Miss Paul Ciorascu on Wednesday,
6-1, 0-6, 6-4.
Junior Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.), who was seeded 9-16
alphabetically in the tournament, was upset by the Fighting
Illinis Rajeev Ram in three grueling sets, 5-7,
7-5, 7-5. Despite the loss, Harris had an outstanding
season for the Commodores. He finished the year with
a singles record of 34-11. Harris season included being
named All-SEC First Team and NCAA Tournament All-Championship
team at No. 2 singles.
Reynolds and Harris will be back in action for the doubles
competition on Thursday. Reynolds will join junior Lewie
Smith (Memphis, Tenn.), as they will take on Jamie Cerratani
and Chris Drake of Brown. Harris will team up with sophomore
Scott Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) to take on North Carolinas
Trystan Meniane and Nicholas Monroe.