MT to face two ranked foes in Tulsa
Feb. 27, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After concluding a five-match homestand, Vanderbilt's men's tennis team will hit the road for a season-long five-match road trip beginning Saturday in Tulsa, Okla., against No. 17 Oklahoma State.
Vanderbilt, 4-3, and ranked No. 34 will face the Cowboys (3-1) at 2 p.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at Tulsa University. Vanderbilt will then play No. 20 Tulsa (10-5) at 12 p.m. Sunday.
By facing Oklahoma State and Tulsa, Vanderbilt will be competing against its sixth and seventh ranked opponents of the season. Vanderbilt will also face the top two rated singles players in the country this weekend in Tulsa's Arnau Brugues (No. 1) and Oklahoma State's Oleksandr Nedovyesov (No. 2). The Commodores are 2-3 this season against ranked foes, defeating No. 27 Boise State and No. 40 N.C. State.
Vanderbilt is 1-1 away from the Currey Tennis Center this spring and will be hitting the road for the first time since defeating Boise State on Feb. 1 at the ITA National Kick-off Weekend in Boise, Idaho. Vanderbilt's loss on the road was a 4-3 setback to Auburn in the opening match of the season (Jan. 31) at the ITA National Kick-off Weekend.
The Commodores enter the weekend following a 4-3 loss to Louisville on Feb. 22. The loss snapped a three-match win streak for Vanderbilt.
Oklahoma State has won two straight matches with its lone defeat coming to No. 16 Florida State (4-3). The Cowboys are led by Oleksandr who is not only ranked No. 2 in singles, but also teams with Nathan Byrnes to form the nation's 39th-ranked doubles team.
Tulsa recently ended a four-match losing streak with a 4-3 win over No. 55 SMU on Feb. 22. The Golden Hurricane had lost consecutive matches to No. 1 Virginia, No. 11 Illinois, No. 15 Pepperdine and No. 32 TCU. In addition to being the top ranked singles player in the nation, Brugues also forms half of the No. 5 ranked doubles tandem with Philip Stephens. Stephens also forms the 57th-ranked doubles team when he is paired with Victor Kolik.Vanderbilt's duo of Adam Baker and Alex Zotov is ranked 25th in doubles, while Bryant Salcedo is ranked 103rd in singles. Click here to view live stats for Sunday's match against Tulsa.
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