Tennis Set for Showdown with Cross-town Rival MTSU
Tenn. The 10th-ranked Vanderbilt mens tennis
team will step out of conference action one more time before
concluding its 2003 regular season with two Southeastern Conference
matches. The Commodores will travel to take on cross-town
rival Middle Tennessee State at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Murfreesboro
Racquet Club in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Commodores will conclude their regular season with a home
match at 2 p.m. Friday against Kentucky and a road trip to
Columbia, S.C. to take on South Carolina at 1 p.m. (EST) Sunday.
Vanderbilt enters Wednesdays match with an overall record
of 16-3, while MTSU has had a difficult season, as it has
posted a 5-14 mark. The Commodores squeezed out a tight, 4-2,
win over the Blue Raiders last season in Nashville.
Both teams are headed in the opposite directions, as the Commodores
have won six of their last seven matches, including five-straight
conference matches. On the other hand, the Blue Raiders have
lost six of their last seven matches.
The showcase match on Wednesday will be at the No. 1 singles
position, as Vanderbilt junior Bobby Reynolds, who is ranked
No. 2 nationally, will collide with MTSU senior Daniel Klemetz,
who enters the match No. 11. Klemetz, who was injured the
majority of the fall season, is the defending NCAA singles
champion. In their only meeting of the 2002-03 season, Klemetz
defeated Reynolds in three sets at the Charles Fluitt Invitational
back in September in Lexington, Ky.
While Klemetz has been getting back into match shape, Reynolds
has been one of the hottest players in the college tennis
since the loss. Reynolds will take 35-6 overall record, which
includes a 9-0 mark in SEC matches at the No. 1 position,
into his showdown with Klemetz. The MTSU senior currently
holds a 19-12 overall record and a 7-8 mark in dual matches.
The Commodores have gotten back on track in a big way after
their loss to non-conference foe Tulane back on March 30.
Last weekend, Vanderbilt scored big wins over SEC Western
Division foes Auburn and Alabama. In both matches, the Commodores
were able to pick up the critical doubles point, something
which had eluded them their previous two matches. They have
now won 15 of 18 doubles points this season.
Zach Dailey and sophomore Scott Brown both enter Wednesday's
match with a lot of momentum. Both players went undefeated
last weekend in there singles and doubles matches at the No.
4 and No. 5 positions, respectively. Dailey has posted 14
dual-match wins, while Brown has won 12. All of Vanderbilt's
top six players have won at least singles matches this season.