The Vanderbilt Commodores are back in action this upcoming weekend as they travel to Gainesville for the SEC Fall Classic.
Freshman Baker Newman advances to Division III singles finals. Tandems team of Newman and Ryan Smith advance to Division I doubles semifinals.
Vanderbilt's season comes to an end with an overall record of 17-11
Ryan Smith clinched the match 6-4, 7-6 (4) at No. 6
Vanderbilt will await the seeding of the NCAA regionals on April 29
March 21, 2014
September 20, 2013
Vanderbilt men's tennis vs. Harvard. Photos by John Russell. (2/7/16)
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.
Career (as of summer ’15):
Singles Record: 18-16 overall, 8-4 dual record
Doubles Record: 24-30 overall, 14-22 dual record
Sophomore (2014-15): Went 10-7 in singles overall… Rode a six-match win streak from Nov. 7th – Jan. 16th… Won at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles for the Commodores… Only lost one dual singles match for VU… Defeated Ball State’s Patrick Downs (7-6, 1-0(8)), Belmont’s Caio Niel (6-1, 6-3), Georgia State’s Sebastian Acuna (7-5, 6-4) and Lipscomb’s Daniel Hernandes (6-2, 6-2) in dual season… Went 4-7 in doubles play, playing primarily at No. 2… Most notably defeated then-No. 34 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar of Notre Dame, 8-5, alongside Binet… Made it to the semifinals with Newman in Athens at Southern Intercollegiates, defeating UK’s Yates/Bushamuka and UGA’s Wood/Bertran along the way… Got to quarterfinals in the SEC Fall Classic with Newman, defeating MSU’s Agarwal/Gowda, and Tennessee’s Jones/Valero.
2013-14 (Freshman):Went 7-9 overall and 4-3 in dual play ... Played primarily in No. 6 singles spot, going 2-3 ... With Eswaran picked up the 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles in first round of NCAA Tournament ... Also won second round NCAA Tournament match with Eswaran at No. 2 doubles against Columbia ... Defeated No. 38 VT's Florian Nicoud 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in singles in first round of NCAA Tournament ... Defeated UGA's Hernus Pieters in the No. 6 position 4-6, 7-6, (7-4), 6-3 in the SEC Tournament.
Personal: Ryan Philip Smith ... Born October 27, 1994 ... Son of Lori and Douglas Smith ... Brother of Zach ... Majoring in public policy studies ... Started playing tennis at the age of 10 ... Lists Rafael Nadal as his favorite tennis player and Calvin Johnson as his favorite non-tennis athlete ... Away from the tennis court he enjoys playing basketball ... Chose Vanderbilt over Florida, Illinois, Duke and Virginia.