Jan. 31, 2013
NASHVILLE – No. 44 Vanderbilt is set to host No. 42 Middle Tennessee State and Tulane this weekend at the Currey Tennis Center. Vanderbilt takes on Middle Tennessee Friday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m., while the Commodores end the weekend versus Tulane on Sunday, Feb. 3, at noon.
Last Time Out
Vanderbilt bounced back to win the consolation match during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend versus No. 34 Minnesota, 7-0, after falling to No. 6 Georgia, 4-3, in the first match. Freshman Rhys Johnson went 2-0 in singles competition, highlighted by a win over Georgia’s No. 16 Hernus Pieters, 6-3, 6-3. Johnson also paired up with Jeff Offerdahl to go 2-0 in doubles action. Sophomore Gonzales Austin, who is ranked No. 20, recorded two wins in singles including a win over Georgia’s No. 19 Nathan Pasha. The Commodores are 2-2 on the season and will look to build off their victory over Minnesota.
About Middle Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee State makes the short drive to Nashville with a 3-1 record and ranked No. 42 in the ITA Rankings. The Blue Raiders are represented in the singles rankings with No. 101 Ben Davis. Middle Tennessee is coming off a 4-3 win over No. 43 Virginia Tech during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Virginia Tech won the doubles point, but MTSU fought back to win four of the six singles matches. MTSU fell in the opening match of the ITA Kick-Off to top seed, Duke.
The Commodores have won five-straight duals versus the Blue Raiders, including a 6-1 victory last season.
The Green Wave enters Nashville with a 2-0 record with wins coming over Xavier (La.) and New Orleans. Tulane is led by three players who each have seven wins in singles action this season. Dominik Koepfer and Idan Mark lead the Green Wave with a 4-1 record in doubles play. Tulane will play at Middle Tennessee State Saturday, Feb. 2, before the match versus Vanderbilt.
Fans can follow the action at vucommodores.com with live scoring available here. Also be sure to follow the Commodores on Twitter at @VandyMensTennis.
Vanderbilt travels to Chicago to take on Northwestern (Feb. 8) and Harvard (Feb. 10), who are both ranked in the top 35 in the ITA Rankings.