Friday evening Johnson and Valent will battle California’s 25th-ranked Andre Goransson Florian Lakat at 4:30 pm CT.
Having fallen in qualifying singles action, Johnson looks to begin main draw doubles play on Thursday with Daniel Valent.
Sponsored by Saint Frances Health System and hosted by The University of Tulsa, this is the second national championship tournament of the 2015-16 season.
Rhys Johnson and Daniel Valent both earn spots in the ITA preseason singles and doubles rankings.
Members of baseball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track teams honored
March 21, 2014
Men's tennis 2015-16 head shots by Joe Howell (9/30/15)
Vanderbilt fell to Ohio State 4-0 in round two of the NCAA tournament. Photos by Gary Petit. (5/9/15)
The VU MT defeated Notre Dame 4-1 in first round action of 2015 NCAAs in Columbus, Ohio. Photos by Gary Petit.
The Men's tennis team defeated Tennessee 4-1 at the Currey Tennis Center. Photos by John Russell. (3/19/15)
The Vanderbilt Men's tennis team upset the Florida Gators in their SEC home opener; 4-3. Photos by John Russell
Singles Record: 52-45 overall, 28-42 dual record
Highest singles rank: No. 57
Doubles Record: 57-39 overall, 39-29 dual record
Highest Doubles Ranking: No. 1, 2/24/15 - 3/10/15, (With Gonzales Austin)
Junior (2014-15): Earned Rirst-Team All-American honors in doubles… Sat atop the ITA doubles rankings as No. 1 in country from Feb. 24 – Mar. 10th with Gonzales Austin… Went 29-8 alongside Austin, and 30-9 overall… USTA/ITA Division I Men's Ohio Valley Regional Doubles Champion… Only dropped two SEC doubles matches… USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles Semifinalist… Selected to compete in 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship… Fell to Texas tech’s Dojas/Soares in first round. 6-2, 6-2… Went on a 13-match win streak from1/18 – 3/15… Compiled at 17-15 singles record, playing primarily at No. 2… Went 5-8 overall against ranked players… 2-2 against ranked players in the fall, defeating then-No. 21 Hunter Reese and No. 82 Khade… Dual ranked victories include No. 80 Beltrame, No. 118 Hinnisdaels and No. 106 Lovett.
Sophomore (2013-14): Spring- Finished the year with an overall record of 23-16 ... Went 11-12 in duals, 3-6 in SEC play ... Notched wins against four ranked opponents ... Won in Vandy's NCAA first round match against Virginia Tech, defeating Hunter Koontz in straight sets ... Clinched Vandy's first win over Georgia since 2004 by defeating No. 77 Ben Wagland 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 ... Knocked off No. 85 Elliot Orkin in VU's win over Florida ... Took down Jarryd Chaplin in the win over Tennessee.Fall - Finished with a record of 12-4 in fall tournament play ... Made it to the semifinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional ... Defeated Beck Pennington (Kentucky), Mark Kovacs (Purdue), Jimmy Roebker (Xavier) and David Biosca (ETSU) to make it to the semis, fell to No. 24 Hunter Reese.
Freshman (2012-13): SEC Player of the Week (3/20) ... Played mainly out of the No. 3 and No. 6 singles positions finishing with an overall record of 12-14 (10-10 in dual match play) ... Closed out the season on a four-match and eight-straight set win streak prior to the Sweet 16 loss ... Clinched the upset over No. 4 Ole Miss with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win ... Knocked off 16th-ranked Hernus Pieters of No. 6 Georgia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Personal: Rhys Michael Johnson... Born November 7, 1994... Son of Shawn Johnson and Michelle Lloyd-Johnson... Has one brother, Myles... Majoring in economics... Favorites include Roger Federer (Tennis player), "Shawshank Redemption" (Movie) and Playstation (Activity).
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