Continues Surge in NCAA Singles Championship 5/22/03
Ga. - Entering the NCAA Singles Championship as the
top seed, junior Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.) knew
each opposition would try to knock him down. After two
rounds, Reynolds has shown no signs he is going to let
up. With a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Baylors Benjamin
Becker on Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex,
he advances to the Round of 16 on Friday.
Becker was an opponent Reynolds was familiar with, as
the two squared off on May 18 in the NCAA Team Championship
quarterfinals. While the match was suspended due to
the Commodores having clinched the team victory, Becker
led Reynolds 3-2 in the third set. However, on Thursday,
Reynolds showed his dominance, as he grabbed one break
late in the first set and two breaks in the second to
cruise to the straight-set win.
Reynolds will take on Washingtons Alex Vlaski
on Friday morning. Vlaski defeated UCLA's Marcin Matkowski
in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.
Reynolds will be looking to avenge a loss to Washingtons
top player. Vlaski, who is seeded 9-16 alphabetically
in the tournament, gave Reynolds won of his six losses
this year back in November at the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association Indoor Championships in Farmers Branch,
If Reynolds defeats either Vlaski, he will earn his
100th career singles victory. He currently holds an
all-time record of 99-34, which includes a 46-6 mark
for the 2002-03 season.
Commodores did not fair as well in the doubles competition,
as both teams were eliminated in the first round. Junior
Chad Harris (Aurora, Colo.) and Scott Brown (St. Louis,
Mo.) were defeated by North Carolina's Trystan Meniane
and Nicholas Monroe in two tight sets, 7-5, 7-6.
and junior Lewie Smith (Memphis, Tenn.), who did not
start their match until late in the evening due to inclement
weather, were taken out by Brown's Jamie Cerratani and
Chris Drake in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Both Vanderbilt
doubles teams had not played together in a while, as
head coach Ken Flach had adjusted the doubles lineups
late in the dual-match season.