March 6, 2013
NASHVILLE – Redshirt junior Ryan Lipman was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for his play in helping the Commodores begin SEC play 2-0, announced by the conference office Wednesday morning.
Lipman is the first Commodore to earn weekly honors this season. Gonzales Austin was the last Vanderbilt player to take home weekly honors when he was named SEC Freshman of the Week last season (Feb. 15, 2012). This is the fourth time Lipman has earned SEC weekly honors. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week three times during his first season as a Commodore.
The Nashville native leads the team with an overall record of 22-5 this season, while riding an 11-match win streak. His 12-1 record in dual play ranks second on the team, behind Kris Yee’s 13-1 mark. When playing in the No. 1 position, Lipman is 9-1 and 2-1 versus nationally-ranked opponents.
Over the weekend, Lipman recorded wins over LSU’s Chris Simpson (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) and Arkansas’ No. 125 Gregoire Lehmann (7-6(5), 6-4). The three-set win over Simpson was the first time Lipman needed three sets to record a victory during dual play. In the match versus Lehmann, he trailed 5-2 in the first set and came back to win 7-6(7-5). He used that momentum to win the second set, 6-4.
Both of Lipman’s wins clinched the victories for Vanderbilt in helping the Commodores begin the season 2-0 in SEC play for the first time under head coach Ian Duvenhage. Vanderbilt is also riding a six-match win streak, which is tops in the SEC.
Lipman and the Commodores travel to College Station, Texas, for a battle versus the 14th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies Friday night at 6 p.m.