Jan. 17, 2013
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt is set to begin the spring season this weekend when Butler and Michigan State visit West End to take on Head Coach Ian Duvenhage’s squad at the Currey Tennis Center.
The 37th-ranked Commodores will take on the Bulldogs from Butler (0-3) on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the first dual of the season. No. 52 Michigan State (2-0) comes to Nashville for a Sunday dual at noon.
“We have had exceptional practices the past week and a half and we are looking forward to competing,” Duvenhage said. “I know our team wants to perform at a high level when it actually counts. We respect both Butler and Michigan State. We realize that they have just as much of a right to victory as we do and we will not take either team lightly.”
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The Butler men's tennis team dropped its season opener, 4-0, at Purdue on Jan. 12 and then fell to Toledo, 4-3, on the following day. The Bulldogs then traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, where Ohio State won, 7-0. Billy Weldon is 7-5 on the season in singles play to lead Butler. In doubles, Weldon and Austin Woldmoe are 9-6 on the season playing in the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Woldmoe also plays in the No. 1 spot in singles. Through the first two duals, Pulok Bhattacharya has played in the No. 2, Tommy Marx at No. 3, Brandon Woods at No. 4, Sam O’Neill at No. 5 and Weldon at No. 6.
Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State opened up the spring season with two victories over Wright State (4-3) and Detroit (7-0). Versus Wright State, Drew Lied and Aaron Pfister earned the lone doubles victory in the No. 1 position. In the No. 2 slot, Harry Jadun and Denis Bogatov fell in a close match to Lauri Makikalli and Michael Lyzwa, 8-6. Pfister led the way for MSU in singles play, earning a convincing win in the No. 1 slot, 6-0, 6-1 against Lauri Makikalli. Bogatov earned the second win for the Spartans at No. 4, taking down Jami Clark, 6-4, 6-1. Lied and Gijs Linders sealed the win for MSU with close victories in the second and third positions.
Against Detroit, Linders and Jadun topped Alex Latosinsky and Mike Basha, 8-5 while Mullane and Bogatov defeated Larry Brown and and Chris Cheung in the No. 2 slot, 8-2. In singles play, Pfister and Lied earned their second victories of the day in the first and second positions, respectively.
Last Time Out
Ryan Lipman’s run in the consolation bracket of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships (Nov. 10) came to an end at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Lipman made it to the semifinal round of the consolation bracket, but ran out of time. He faced off with Princeton’s Matija Pecotic in the semifinals and Pecotic came away with the win, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Lipman finished the fall season with a 10-4 record in singles play. Earlier in the day, Lipman advanced to the semifinals after defeating Enej Bonin from the University of Denver in two sets, 6-2, 6-3.
The Commodores head back to Athens, Ga., for the second time already this season, as Vanderbilt will compete in the ITA National Kick-Off Weekend. The three-day event begins on Jan. 25 and ends Jan. 28.