Tennis Continues Strong SEC Play; Defeats No. 14 Alabama,
Tenn. The Vanderbilt mens tennis team moved
one step closer to receiving one of the top four seeds
for the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament
(April 17-20), as it defeated No. 14 Alabama, 7-0, on
Sunday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center.
With the win, the Commodores improve to 16-3 overall
and 7-2 in the SEC, while the Crimson Tide fall to 15-7
overall and 4-6 in the conference. Vanderbilt also improves
to 11-0 at home in 2003.
The Commodores came out with a lot of intensity in the
doubles competition, as they won at the No. 1 and No.
3 positions, while the No. 2 match was stopped because
the point had been already clinched. Juniors Zach Dailey
and Lewie Smith locked up the first win, as they defeated
Chris Gostek and William Boyles, 8-3, at the third doubles
spot. Dailey and Smith finished the weekend a perfect
2-0 in doubles, as the former three-time Tennessee High
School State Doubles Champions were seeing action together
for the first this season.
Junior Bobby Reynolds and sophomore Scott Brown clinched
the doubles point for Vanderbilt, as they used two breaks
of serve to defeat Maxim Belski and Geoff Hiscox, 8-4,
at the No. 1 position. The Commodores have now won the
doubles point in 16 of their 19 matches.
In singles, Reynolds pushed his dual-match SEC record
to 9-0, as he defeated Belski in three sets, 6-4, 3-6,
6-3, at the No. 1 position. When Belski won the second
set, it was the first time the No. 2-ranked Reynolds
had dropped a set in SEC action this season. Reynolds
improves his 2002-03 singles record to 35-6 with the
At the No. 2 singles position, junior Chad Harris battled
back from a break of serve down in the first set, as
he defeated Stephen Mitchell in straight sets, 6-4,
7-5. The 10th-ranked Harris was able to avenge a difficult
three-set loss to Auburns Gabor Zoltan Pelva on
Friday afternoon. Harris improves to 13-3 in dual-match
Sophomore Matt Lockin was the first player off the court
on Sunday, as he had no problems in defeating Chris
Gostek in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Like Harris, the
89th-ranked Lockin was coming off a tight three-set
defeat at the hands of Auburns Andy Colombo.
Dailey continued his outstanding singles play for head
coach Ken Flach. With his 6-4, 6-3, win over Christian
Brodersen at the No. 4 spot, Dailey is now 14-3 in dual
matches. Brown clinched the match for Vanderbilt, as
she defeated Hiscox in straights, 7-5, 6-2. Brown finished
the weekend 4-0 in singles and doubles, but more importantly
got back on track after losing four-straight singles
closed things out at the No. 6 position, as he held
of Michael Ray Pallares in a tough three-set affair,
7-6, 3-6, 10-4. Smith is now 15-3 in dual-match competition
The Commodores will play their final non-conference
home match of the season at 2 p.m. Wednesday against
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
||VU led, 5-3