Vandy welcomes No. 54 Ole Miss, No. 21 MSU
March 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 23 Vanderbilt men's tennis team returns to action this weekend, hosting a pair of teams from the Magnolia State. On Friday the Commodores will faceoff with No. 54 Ole Miss at 4 p.m., before face 21st-ranked Mississippi State on Sunday at noon. Admission to the Currey Tennis Center is free all weekend.
Vanderbilt (11-3, 2-1 SEC) is coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 8 Texas A&M last Sunday. Ole Miss comes to the Music City with a record of 3-6, including 1-3 in SEC play, while Mississippi State comes in at 12-6 and 2-2. State will face Kentucky on Friday, prior to facing the Commodores.
The Commodores enter the weekend with the nations top-ranked doubles team of Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin. Despite not recording a decision in last weekend's matches the Vandy duo jumped from fifth to first in this weeks ITA doubles rankings.
Lipman and Austin have posted an overall record of 19-3, and are 9-1 in dual play. Together they are 9-3 against ranked opponents, with their lone dual loss coming at the hands of Texas' Glasspool and Hess-Olesen.
Sophomore Kris Yeewill make the jump this week to No. 3 singles after winning his last three matches. Against the Aggies, Yee went unfinished at the No. 4 position against Junior Ore. Yee has posted a record of 8-3 in dual play, posting wins at two, four and five singles.
Yee and freshman Pen Binetwill make their dual play debut this weekend at No. 3 doubles. The twosome went 3-1 in the fall.
Ole Miss comes to town after a weekend split with No. 13 Tennessee and No. 16 Georgia. The Rebels upset the Vols in Knoxville, 4-1, before getting shutout by Georgia two day later, in Athens.
Nik Scholtz comes in as the Rebels' highest ranked player at No. 44 by the ITA. The South Africa native has posted an overall record of 12-5 and is a perfect 3-0 in dual play at the No. 1 position.
Mississippi State comes into play after a 0-2 weekend against Georgia and Tennessee last time out.
Three-time SEC Freshman of the Week recipient, Florian Lakat, comes in as the highest ranked singles player for the Bulldogs. Lakat, who has posted a 10-8 record in dual play is currently ranked No. 69 by the ITA.
MSU's top-ranked doubles team of No. 40 Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp have already squared off with Vandy's top team once this season. The two teams met in the thrilling doubles final of the SEC Fall Classic with the Vandy duo coming out victorious, 8-7 (9).
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