March 28, 2013
NASHVILLE – Fourteenth-ranked Vanderbilt welcomes SEC foes No. 32 Auburn to the Currey Tennis Center Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and No. 31 Alabama Sunday at 12 p.m. Admission is free.
Last Time Out
No. 14 Vanderbilt dropped two tough matches over the weekend to top 10 teams. The Commodores (13-6, 4-3) lost a heartbreaker to No. 6 Georgia, 4-2, and then at No. 9 Tennessee, 4-2, on Sunday. Vanderbilt started began the match versus Georgia by winning the doubles point in the tiebreak on court Nos. 2 and 3. However, the Bulldogs would rebound to win four of the six singles matches. Ryan Lipman went 1-1 versus two players ranked in the seven in the country. Lipman defeated seventh-ranked KU Singh of Georgia, but fell to sixth-ranked Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee. Kris Yee upped his win streak to 16-straight matches and is a perfect 6-0 in SEC play and leads the team with a 17-1 record in the dual season.
- Lipman leads Vanderbilt with 25 wins this season and has won 13 of his last 15 matches in singles play.
- Lipman is 6-3 this season versus ranked players and 15-3 in dual play.
- Yee ranks second on the team with 22 wins on the season, while also having won his last 16 singles matches.
- Yee also leads the team with a 17-1 record in dual play this season.
- Lipman and Gonzales Austin are ranked Nos. 17 and 62 in the ITA Singles Rankings.
- Vanderbilt is one of 11 schools that have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the top 25.
About No. 32 Auburn (11-6, 3-4)
The Auburn Tigers (11-6, 3-4 SEC) put together a weekend split in SEC play, dropping a 5-2 decision to South Carolina on Friday before earning a 4-0 sweep of Florida on Sunday. Auburn’s win over 18th-ranked Florida was their highest-ranked victory of the year and the second over a top-25 team. Andreas Mies, ranked No. 34 in the last ITA singles release, continued his strong play in conference action with wins in both matches, defeating No. 106 Tsvetan Mihov (USC) and No. 75 Florent Diep (UF) to move to 6-1 in league play. Dennis Lengsfeld also won his third and fourth straight matches and moved to 5-2 in conference play at the No. 4 position. Lukas Ollert and Daniel Cochrane rank 105th and 106th, respectively in singles. Mies and Cochrane are the fifth-ranked doubles team in the latest rankings.
About No. 31 Alabama (12-7, 3-4)
Alabama (12-7, 3-4 SEC) dropped a pair of SEC matches last week in 4-1 fashion, falling to No. 18 Florida and South Carolina at home. In Friday’s match against the Gators, Jarryd Botha picked up a pair of wins against nationally-ranked opponents as he and David Vieyra knocked off 57th-ranked Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek in doubles before collecting a victory in singles over No. 75 Florent Diep for the Crimson Tide’s lone point of the match. In Sunday’s loss to the Gamecocks, Stuart Kenyon improved to 5-1 against SEC opponents as he beat Harry Menzies in three sets on court six. Botha is the 69th-ranked player in singles, while Becker O’Shaughnessey comes in at No. 91. Botha and Vieyra rank 49th in doubles.
Fans can follow the action with live scoring available here for both matches. Also be sure to follow the Commodores on Twitter at @VandyMensTennis.
The Commodores host Kentucky next Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final home contest of the 2013 season at the Currey Tennis Center.