Tennis Defeats MTSU in Cross-town Showdown, 6-1
Tenn. - The 8th-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team
won its seventh match in its last eight outings, as
it defeated cross-town rival Middle Tennessee State,
6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at River Rocks Raquet Club.
The win improves the Commodores to 17-3 overall, while
the Blue Raiders fall to 5-15.
will now conclude its 2003 regular season this weekend,
as it hosts 12th-ranked Kentucky at 2 p.m. Friday at
the Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores
will then hit the road for a showdown with the 13th-ranked
Gamecocks of South Carolina at 1 p.m. (EST) in Columbia.
Commodores got things going on Wednesday by winning
its 16th doubles point in 19 attempts. Juniors Zach
Dailey and Lewie Smith got things going my dismantling
Kirk Jackson and Anant Sitaram at the No. 3 position,
8-1. The Commodores clinched the doubles point when
junior Chad Harris and sophomore Matt Lockin defeated
Trevor Short and Michael Staniak at the No. 2 spot,
8-6. Junior Bobby Reynolds and sophomore Scott Brown
capped things off by defeating Daniel Klemetz and Brandon
Allen, 8-6, at the top position. Vanderbilt is 8-0 in
doubles matches since head coach Ken Flach switched
to this doubles lineup.
showcase match of the afternoon came at the No. 1 singles
position, as the 15th-ranked Harris collided with the
20th-ranked Klemetz. This match displayed incredible
baseline performances by both players. Harris was able
to grab the first set, 6-4, after breaking Klemetz's
serve late. Klemetz was able to battle back to grab
the second set after stealing a break at 3-3.
both players giving it their all in the final set, Harris
grabbed a 5-3 lead and seemed to be on his way to victory,
but Klemetz broke Harris' serve at love to get the match
back on serve. Both players eventually made it to a
third-set tiebreaker, which Klemetz was able to grab
the early advantage and win, 7-2.
No. 2-ranked Reynolds took an afternoon off from the
top spot in the Commodores' lineup, as he took on Jackson
at the No. 2 position. While Reynolds was suffering
from a minor injury, he was still able to cruise by
Jackson, 6-2, 6-3. With the win, Reynolds improves to
17-1 in dual matches.
continued his outstanding play as of late, as he had
absolutely no problems in defeating Rishan Karuppu in
under one hour, 6-0, 6-2. Dailey notched his 20th win
of the year, while improving his dual-match record to
Brown and Smith kept things going at the No. 3, No.
4 and No. 6 positions, respectively. The 55th-ranked
Lockin held off Staniak in three sets, while Brown had
little problems with Sitaram and Smith edged out Short
in three sets. Lockin, Brown and Smith have combined
to win 39 dual matches in 2003.
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||6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4
||6-2, 3-6, 10-2