VU to face Georgia Friday
Jan. 24, 2013
NASHVILLE – No. 39 Vanderbilt will face No. 6 Georgia Friday at 1 p.m. CT in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Commodores will be the No. 4 seed in the Athens Regional, while Georgia is the No. 1 seed. The match will not be a conference dual and will not factor into SEC play.
No. 32 VCU (No. 2 seed) will play No. 34 Minnesota (No. 3 seed) in the first match of the day at 9 a.m. Vanderbilt will either play Minnesota or VCU on Saturday in the final match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
About the ITA Kick-Off
The other 14 regional sites are Southern Cal, Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Kentucky, Duke, Stanford, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Florida, California, Ole Miss, and Illinois.
Last Time Out
Vanderbilt dropped to then-ranked No. 52 Michigan State, 6-1, on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Currey Tennis Center. Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran won the lone doubles match of the contest, while Ryan Lipman recorded the only win in singles play. No. 17 Lipman defeated Drew Lied, 6-2, 6-3 to improve to 2-0 in dual matches so far this spring.
About Georgia (No. 1 Seed)
The sixth-ranked Bulldogs enter the weekend having yet to play a dual match this season. Three of Georgia’s top four singles players from a year ago are gone but the Bulldogs remain one of the nation’s elite programs. All three of Georgia’s returning starters are ranked inside the top 20 with KU Singh leading the way at No. 8 after an impressive fall season that was highlighted with a semifinal appearance at the ITA Men’s All-American Championship. Georgia also boasts the nation’s fifth best doubles team in Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters.
About VCU (No. 2 seed)
About Minnesota (No. 3 seed)
The Golden Gophers are ranked No. 34 heading into the Kickoff Weekend, and stand at 1-0 following a season-opening 6-1 win over Northern Illinois Jan. 20. Minnesota is led by Ruben Weber's 8-2 record, followed by a mark of 8-4 for Leandro Toledo and 9-4 for Rok Bonin.
Schedule of Play
Fri, Jan 25– VCU vs. Minnesota, 9:00 a.m.
The Commodores return home for a dual match versus Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 1, at the Currey Tennis Center.
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