Tennis Clinches No. 2 Seed for SEC Tourney; Defeats
South Carolina, 5-1 4/13/03
Commodores to take on South Carolina/Georgia Winner
S.C. - The eighth-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team
capped off its magical Southeastern Conference regular-season
run on Sunday afternoon, as the Commodores defeated
13th-ranked South Carolina, 5-1, at the Sam Daniel Tennis
Center. With the win, the Commodores conclude the regular
season with a 19-3 overall record and a 9-2 mark in
the SEC, while the Gamecocks fall to 17-6 overall and
5-6 in the conference.
Commodores will now set their sights on next weekend's
SEC Tournament at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in
Oxford, Miss. Vanderbilt solidified the No. 2 seed for
the tournament, and will take on the winner of the South
Carolina/Georgia match-up at 5 p.m. (CST) Friday.
of the big individual stories of the afternoon was Vanderbilt
junior Bobby Reynolds. The Acworth, Ga. native was only
player in the SEC at the No. 1 position to go undefeated
during the regular season. The second-ranked Reynolds
defeated 47th-ranked Seth Rose in three sets, 6-2, 3-6,
6-1. With the win, he finishes the SEC regular season
with a 11-0 dual-match record. For the 2002-03 season,
he has compiled a 38-6 overall record and a 19-1 dual-match
Commodores got things going by winning their ninth doubles
point in 11 SEC matches. Reynolds and sophomore Scott
Brown continued their outstanding play, as they defeated
Tom Eklund and Angelo Niculescu, 8-4, at the No. 1 position.
Vanderbilt's top duo is now 5-0 since joining forces
back on April 4 against Auburn. Juniors Zach Dailey
and Lewie Smith clinched the point for the 'Dores, as
they defeated Marcus Westman and Geraldo Knorr, 8-6,
at the third doubles position. Dailey and Smith are
also 5-0 since the Auburn match. Junior Chad Harris
and sophomore Matt Lockin's match with Rose and Carl
Wermee was stopped at 6-6 because the Commodores had
already clinched the point.
15th-ranked Harris notched his 30th win of the year,
as he defeated 56th-ranked Niculescu in straight sets,
6-4, 6-2. Harris has now 14 of his last 17 dual matches,
and is 15-4 in dual competition.
continued to be one of the driving forces behind the
Commodores' singles' lineup. Dailey picked up a straight-set
win over Carl Wermee at the No. 4 position, 6-4, 6-0.
The Memphis, Tenn. native has now won seven-straight
matches and is 17-3 during the dual-match season.
final singles' point for Vanderbilt came at the No.
6 position, as Smith also scored a straight-set win
over Ben Atkinson, 6-3, 6-4. Dailey's fellow Memphis
native is now 21-8 for the year and 15-4 in dual matches.
April 17-20 Oxford, Miss. Palmer/Salloum
5. Louisiana State
7. South Carolina
8. Mississippi State
Match (Played on April 17)
No. 8 Mississippi State vs. No. 9 Alabama (Winner to
take on Florida)
No. 5 Louisiana State vs. No. 12 Arkansas (Winner to
take on Kentucky)
No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Georgia (Winner to
take on Vanderbilt)
No. 6 Auburn vs. No. 11 Tennessee (Winner
to take on Mississippi)
||6-2, 3-6, 6-1
||5-7, 6-3 (Match Stopped)
||6-6 (Point Clinched)