Feb. 7, 2013
NASHVILLE – No. 40 Vanderbilt will look to extend its winning streak this weekend when the Commodores travel to Chicago to take on No. 33 Northwestern and No. 47 Harvard. Vanderbilt plays Northwestern Friday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. CT and Harvard Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. CT.
Northwestern will play Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
No. 44 Vanderbilt won its third-consecutive match on Sunday after taking down Tulane, 6-1. The Commodores (4-2) opened the day with wins in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take a 1-0 lead into singles. Ryan Lipman and Rhys Johnson had to hold off the pesky duo from Tulane, Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer, to win 8-6. Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran also had a tough time in their doubles match, but were able to hang on to win, 8-6, over Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott. The Green Wave tied the match at 1-1 after a win in No. 3 singles. (Dominik) Koepfer defeated Johnson, 6-3, 6-3. However, the Commodores would immediately go back in front after van der Merwe recorded a win (over Adam Bernstein, 6-1, 6-1) in the No. 5 position. Lipman would then give Vanderbilt a 3-1 lead with his win in No. 1 singles. The redshirt junior defeated Tulane’s (Idan) Mark, 6-2, 6-1. Offerdahl secured the win for Vanderbilt in No. 4 singles over Alex Van Cott, 6-4, 6-2. To put the finishing touches on the win, Austin took down (Joe) Young, 6-4, 7-5. The win for the 20th-ranked player in the country didn’t come easy, as he received a tough match from Young.
About No. 33 Northwestern
The 33rd-ranked Wildcats enter the weekend with an 8-1 record on the season and wins in their previous two matches (William & Mary and North Carolina State). Northwestern’s lone loss came during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to No. 9 Duke. The Wildcats own wins over No. 29 Notre Dame, No. 34 North Carolina State, No. 35 Louisville and No. 46 Virginia Tech this season. Raleigh Smith is the lone player ranked in the ITA Singles Rankings at No. 108.
About No. 47 Harvard
Harvard travels to Chicago ranked No. 47 in the ITA team rankings, but having lost two-straight dual matches. For the season, The Crimson are 2-3 overall with losses coming to No. 67 Old Dominion, No. 45 Alabama and No. 8 Oklahoma. Harvard defeated No. 29 Notre Dame during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and St. John’s. Harvard does not have anyone ranked in the ITA Singles or Doubles Rankings.
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Vanderbilt returns home for a double-header versus Memphis and Lipscomb Friday, Feb. 15 at the Currey Tennis Center. The Commodores will play Memphis at 2 p.m., followed by a match versus Lipscomb.