Men's Tennis
Men's netters hit the road to face top 10 squads

Vijay PaulVijay Paul

March 11, 2010

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Coming off a split in its opening weekend of SEC play, Vanderbilt's men's tennis team will continue league play this weekend when the 27th-ranked Commodores travel to No. 2 Tennessee and No. 9 Georgia.

Vanderbilt will enter this weekend riding the momentum from its 5-2 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday, which improved Commodores' record to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the league. The win also boosted Vanderbilt's home record to 7-1.

This weekend the Commodores will look to improve their 1-2 record in true road matches when they play at No. 2 Tennessee at noon CT on Friday before heading south to take on No. 9 Georgia at noon CT on Sunday. Tennessee is 13-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC, while Georgia is 10-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. Live results will be available for both matches.

The Commodores have four players with at least eight victories in dual play. As of late, Vanderbilt has been led by senior Vijay Paul, who has won four straight matches in the No. 3 slot and is 8-5 overall. Junior Alex Zotov is 11-1 in dual play after suffering his first loss last weekend. Junior Bryant Salcedo is 9-4 overall and Adam Baker is 8-3.

A strong suit for the Commodores so far this season has been doubles play. Vanderbilt has won the doubles point in 9-of-13 matches and is 9-0 when doing so. Eight times Vanderbilt has swept all three doubles matches.

Tennessee is undefeated at home this season with its lone loss coming to No. 1 Virginia (4-1) at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Volunteers are led by John-Patrick Smith, who is ranked No. 4 nationally. Boris Conkic is ranked No. 32, Rhyne Williams is ranked No. 51 and Matt Brewer is ranked 88th. Tennessee also has three doubles combinations ranked in the top 6. Davey Sandgren and Smith are ranked No. 2, while the duo of Smith and Conkic is ranked No. 6. Conkic and Williams is ranked No. 5.

Georgia has won five straight matches after sweeping its opening road trip in the SEC at Alabama and at Auburn. The Bulldogs will take on No. 6 Kentucky on Friday before hosting the Commodores. Georgia's two losses came against Florida and Virginia at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Individually, Georgia has three players ranked in singles. No. 29 Javier Garrapiz leads the Bulldogs. Also ranked are No. 104 Bo Seal and No. 105 Nate Schnugg. Georgia's doubles team of Drake Bernstein and Javier Garrapiz is ranked 34th.




 

 

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