Feb. 15, 2008
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the fourth consecutive match, Vanderbilt's men's tennis team will face a ranked opponent when No. 28 Wisconsin pays a visit to the Currey Tennis Center on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
The Commodores (5-1) are coming off a week where they finished 2-1 against ranked opponents, including a 1-1 mark on the road. The team's success moved them up six spots in the latest ITA poll released on Feb. 12 from No. 35 to a season-high ranking of No. 29.
Sunday's match will be Vanderbilt's third of the season against a Big Ten foe, having defeated No. 64 Michigan State and losing this past weekend at No. 19 Michigan.
Wisconsin is 4-3 on the season and will play at No. 61 Louisville Saturday evening before traveling to Nashville. After starting the season 4-0, the Badgers have lost three straight nail-bitters. One of Wisconsin's losses was a 5-2 setback at N.C. State on Feb. 2. Just this past weekend, Vanderbilt downed the Wolfpack by the same score, 5-2. Wisconsin's other losses were 4-3 decisions at No. 17 Wake Forest and No. 9 Notre Dame, respectively.
Last week, Vanderbilt earned a pair of 5-2 decisions over No. 49 New Mexico and No. 30 N.C. State before falling 5-2 at No. 18 Michigan. Vanderbilt's 5-0 start to the season was its best since 2005 when the Commodores started 7-0.
Individually, No. 79 Vijay Paul is Vanderbilt's lone undefeated player, posting a 6-0 mark at the No. 2 position. Paul is also a member of Vanderbilt's No. 3 doubles team with Adam Baker that has lost just once this spring.
Wisconsin has two players ranked in singles as well as two doubles teams ranked. In singles Moritz Baumann is ranked No. 39 and Nolan Polley is tied for the No. 100 ranking. In doubles play, the Badgers' duo of Jeremy Sonkin and Luke Rassow-Kantor is ranked No. 26. Checking in at No. 42 is the tandem of Polley and Baumann.
Results of the match will be available on vucommodores.com at the conclusion of play.