Tennis Advances to SEC Tournament Semifinals; Defeats
Commodores to square off with tournament host Ole
Miss on Saturday
Miss. - The second-seeded Vanderbilt men's tennis team
moved one step closer to winning its first Southeastern
Conference Tournament championship, as the Commodores
defeated 10th-seeded Georgia, 4-0, on Friday evening
at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. It is the first
time Vanderbilt has advanced to the semifinals of the
the win, the Commodores improve to 20-3 on the year,
while the Bulldogs fall to 9-14. The Commodores defeated
the Bulldogs by a combined score of 11-0 in their two
will now advance to play tournament host and third-seeded
Mississippi at 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday. The Rebels defeated
Auburn on Friday afternoon, 4-1. Vanderbilt defeated
Mississippi earlier in the season, 4-3, in Oxford.
Friday evening, the Commodores got things going by winning
the doubles' point once again. The Commodores have now
won the point in 19 of 22 matches, which they have participated
two doubles' wins came at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
At No. 2, junior Chad Harris and sophomore Matt Lockin
easily disposed of Strahinja Bobusic and Raian Luchici,
8-3. Harris and Lockin are now 5-0 since joining forces
back on April 4 against Auburn.
Commodores locked up the first point when junior Zach
Dailey and sophomore Scott Brown held off Stephan Timu
and Will Glenn, 9-7. Dailey and Brown's win came in
the decisive match, as juniors Bobby Reynolds and Lewie
Smith lost at the No. 1 position.
head coach Ken Flach had his team playing solid singles
also on Friday. The Commodores' three wins came in straight
sets. Dailey kept his incredible level of tennis up,
as he cruised by Jason Varela at the No. 5 position,
6-2, 6-1. He has now won six-straight dual matches and
18-3 for the season.
next point came from 2003 SEC Player of the Year Bobby
Reynolds, who is currently ranked No. 2 nationally.
For the second time this season, he defeated Bo Hodge
in straight sets. On Friday, Reynolds defeated the sixth-ranked
Hodge, 6-4, 6-4. Reynolds improves his overall record
to 39-6 on the year and 20-1 in dual matches.
who was named second-team All-SEC, sealed the match
at the No. 3 position. The University of Michigan transfer
crusied by Timu in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. He improves
his to 14-6 with the win.
||6-4, 5-4 (VU Led)
||6-2, 3-6, 1-4 (UGA Led)
||3-6, 5-4 (UGA Led)