Tennis Advances to NCAA Second Round; Defeats Tennessee
Tech, 4-1 5/10/03
Tenn. - The sixth-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team
(23-3) survived an early scare from in-state foe Tennessee
Tech (15-10) on Saturday afternoon in the opening round
of the NCAA Tournament. With their 4-1 victory over
the Golden Eagles, the Commodores will now advance to
Sunday's second round against Pepperdine at 12 p.m.
at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center.
Waves of Pepperdine (17-10) defeated Southeastern Conference
foe Mississippi State, 4-1, prior to the Vanderbilt-Tennessee
Tech match. Sunday's meeting will be the first match
between Vanderbilt and Pepperdine.
The Commodores, who are now 4-0 in NCAA First Round
matches, came out a little sluggish in the doubles competition,
as the Golden Eagles shocked the large Currey Center
crowd by taking the critical doubles point. For Vanderbilt,
it was only the fourth time in 25 matches it has lost
the doubles point.
Juniors Zach Dailey and Lewie Smith were the first to
get off the court in doubles, as they easily defeated
Rodrigo Cuesta and Michele Panzeri, 8-1. Dailey and
Smith are a perfect 5-0 since teaming up against Auburn
back on April 4.
The Golden Eagles scored two big upset victories at
the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Junior Bobby Reynolds
and sophomore Scott Brown fell to Gernut Fischer and
Luis Aguerrevere at the No. 1 spot, 8-6. Tennessee Tech
clinched the point at the No. 2 position, as Razvan
Ilie and Will Chappel defeated junior Chad Harris and
Matt Lockin in the tiebreaker 9-8 (5).
After dropping the doubles point, the Commodores didn't
waste any time in regaining control of the match. Dailey
locked up the first point for the 'Dores, as he cruised
by Cuesta in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 5 position.
With the win, Dailey improves to 20-3 in dual matches
Brown kept things rolling at the No. 4 position, as
he defeated Knoxville, Tenn. native Will Chappel in
straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The All-SEC Second Team member
notched his 19th win of the year on Saturday.
Smith was the next one to exit off the court, as he
defeated Panzeri with no troubles, 6-2, 6-1. For the
Memphis native, it was his 25th win of the 2002-03 season.
Lockin sealed the match for the Commodores, as he defeated
Ilie in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 3 spot.
Lockin, who also was named to the All-SEC second team,
picked up his 26th win of the year.
and Harris were not able to finish their matches at
the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Both players
were up a set in their matches.
4-2 (VU Led)
4-2 (VU Led)