Official! Men's Tennis Crowned SEC Tournament Champions;
Stuns No. 2 Florida, 4-0 4/20/03 (Photos
courtsey of J.D. Johnson/The Daily Mississippian)
Miss. - The dream has now become a reality. The eighth-ranked
Vanderbilt men's tennis team won its first-ever Southeastern
Conference Tournament championship, as it shocked No.
2-ranked Florida, 4-0, on Sunday at the Palmer/Salloum
Tennis Center. The match was concluded indoors due to
inclement weather in the Oxford area.
the 2003 season is still far from over, the Commodores
have come so far in just one season. Just one year ago,
they finished the SEC regular season with a 1-10 record
and a first-round exit at the SEC Tournament. With Sunday's
win, Vanderbilt improved its overall mark to an incredible
22-3, which includes a 9-2 mark in SEC regular-season
action. Sunday's triumph was also sweet, as it was the
first time the Commodores had defeated the Gators since
was only befitting for junior Bobby Reynolds to close
out the match for the Commodores. The second-ranked
Reynolds scored a 7-6, 6-3 (2) victory over 18th-ranked
Hamid Mirzadeh at the No. 1 position. Reynolds has had
the most prolific season ever for a Vanderbilt men's
tennis player. With Sunday's win, he is now 40-6 on
the year, which includes 21-1 dual-match record. It
was also his second win over Mirzadeh this season.
Commodores got off to another strong start, as they
captured the critical doubles point. In the two teams
earlier meeting this year in Gainesville, Florida won
two of three doubles matches, which ended up being the
decisive point in the match.
Sunday, Vanderbilt was able to exact a little revenge,
as it won two of the three matches. For the third-straight
day, junior Zach Dailey and sophomore Scott Brown clinched
the doubles point for the 'Dores at the No. 3 position.
On this afternoon, they gutted out a 9-7 victory over
the 52nd-ranked team of Troy Hahn and Matt Behrmann.
Dailey and Brown's win came after the other two matches
had been split.
Commodores' first doubles win came at the No. 1 position
when the 28th-ranked team of Reynolds and Lewie Smith
upset Hamid Mirzadeh and Chris McDonald, 8-6. This was
the second time Vanderbilt's top doubles duo had defeated
this season. Reynolds and Smith improve to 16-9 on the
season with the win.
other two points for Vanderbilt came at the No. 2 and
No. 3 singles positions. Junior Chad Harris, who is
currently ranked No. 15 nationally, scored another major
upset in defeating No. 3-ranked Janne Holmia in convincing
fashion, 6-3, 6-3. For Harris, it was his 31st singles
victory of the year and his 16th dual-match win.
first singles point came from sophomore Matt Lockin,
who came into the match ranked 55th nationally. Lockin
had no problems on Sunday, as he defeated Troy Hahn,
6-3, 6-3. Lockin, who is in his first season at Vanderbilt
after transferring from the University of Michigan,
used one break of serve in each set en route to notching
his 25th win of the year.
Commodores will now set their sights on their biggest
goal, which is winning a NCAA Championship. The NCAA
Tournament kicks off on May 9 with the first and second
rounds, held at 16 campus sites.
|Bobby Reynolds (#2)
||Hamid Mirzadeh (#18)
||7-6 (2), 6-3
|Chad Harris (#15)
||Janne Holmia (#3)
|Matt Lockin (#55)
||6-2, 2-1 (UF Led)
||3-1 (UF Led)
||2-1 (UF Led)