UT fends off late rally by VU
March 24, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 16 Vanderbilt’s rally came up just short at ninth-ranked Tennessee Sunday afternoon, as the Commodores fell, 4-2, at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Vanderbilt (13-6, 4-3) finished up the weekend 0-2, with both loses coming to top-10 teams, while Tennessee (17-6, 4-3) recorded two wins over the weekend.
Tennessee took a 1-0 advantage into singles competition after winning the doubles point to begin the match. The 17th-ranked doubles team of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese downed Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe, 8-3, in the No. 1 position. At the No. 3 spot, Edward Jones and Taylor Patrick defeated Rhys Johnson and Jeff Offerdahl, 8-4.
Libietis then faced off with Lipman in No. 1 singles, a battle of top 20 players. It would be Libietis who would come out with a win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The loss for Lipman is just his third in dual play (15-3). All three have come to ranked players, as he is now 6-3 versus ranked foes.
Offerdahl and Kris Yee quickly erased a 2-0 deficit by recording wins in the No. 3 and 5 positions. Offerdahl knocked off Brandon Fickey in the first of four three-set matches on the day. The Austin, Texas, native won, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
Yee upped his winning streak to 16 consecutive matches after defeating Jones, 6-1, 6-4. The freshman is 17-1 in dual play this season and has yet to lose in SEC action (6-0).
However, it would be the Volunteers who would record the final points of the match. Jarryd Chaplin defeated van der Merwe at No. 4 singles, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5, while Patrick defeated Johnson, 7-6, 4-6, 6-0, to clinch the match in the No. 6 spot.
The Commodores welcome Auburn next Friday at 2 p.m. and Alabama next Sunday at 12 p.m. to the Currey Tennis Center.
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