March 27, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt men's tennis team will look to string together a pair of wins this weekend as the 26th-ranked Commodores head to Alabama for matches against the Crimson Tide and Auburn.
Vanderbilt will head in to Tuscaloosa on Friday to face the stumbling Tide, who have lost four-straight and five of their last six matches. Currently ranked No. 45 by the ITA, Alabama returns home after suffering losses on the road against South Carolina and Florida.
The Commodores will make the three-hour trip east to face the No. 34 Auburn Tigers on Sunday at 1 p.m. Like Alabama, Auburn returns home this week after two road losses to South Carolina and Florida. The Tigers sit at 14-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Auburn is a perfect 8-0 when playing at the Yarbrough Tennis Center this year.
Vanderbilt, who got off to a red-hot start to the season winning 11 of 13 matches has stumbled a bit since hitting SEC play. After posting wins against Arkansas and LSU, the `Dores have lost four of five matches, three of which coming on the friendly courts of the Currey Tennis Center.
The Commodores have made visible improvements over the past two matches, made evident in their 4-1 come-from-behind win over No. 15 Tennessee last weekend. It was just the first win over the Vols since 2006 for Vandy. The win came two days before the `Dores ran into a red-hot Georgia team which has won nine-straight and remains a perfect 7-0 in SEC play.
Following the matches against Alabama and Auburn it will be on the road once more in 2014 for a match against Kentucky, before facing both Florida and South Carolina at home to close out the regular season.