April 5, 2013
NASHVILLE – No. 14 Vanderbilt welcomes eighth-ranked Kentucky to the Currey Tennis Center on Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m. CT for the final home contest of the 2012-13 season.
Last Time Out
Vanderbilt went 1-1 over the weekend to run its overall record to 14-7 and 5-4 in SEC play. The Commodores fell to Auburn, 4-2, on Friday before bouncing back to defeat Alabama, 4-1, Sunday afternoon. The win over the Crimson Tide snapped a three-match losing streak for Vanderbilt. After dropping the doubles point to Alabama, the Commodores bounced back to win the first four singles matches to clinch the match. Redshirt junior Ryan Lipman and sophomore Gonzales Austin each went 2-0 in singles over the weekend. Lipman leads the team with an overall record of 27-7 this season and is 7-2 in SEC play. Austin’s win versus Alabama was his 20th of the season, making him the third Commodore with at least 20 wins this season.
- Ryan Lipman leads Vanderbilt with 27 wins this season and has won 15 of his last 17 matches in singles play.
- Lipman is 7-3 this season versus ranked players and 17-3 in dual play (7-2 in the SEC).
- Kris Yee ranks second on the team with 22 wins on the season.
- Yee also leads the team with a 17-2 record in dual play this season.
- Three Commodores (Austin, Lipman and Yee) have at least 20 wins on the season in singles.
- Lipman and Austin are ranked Nos. 17 and 62 in the ITA Singles Rankings.
- Kentucky has won the last four meetings in the series.
- Vanderbilt is one of 12 schools that have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the top 25.
About No. 8 Kentucky (16-8, 6-3)
Kentucky went 2-0 on the weekend, collecting wins in its final SEC home matches of the season over No. 31 Alabama (7-0) and No. 32 Auburn (4-1). Anthony Rossi knocked off No. 34 Andreas Mies of Auburn on Sunday. Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai knocked off the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation 8-6, on Sunday as the Wildcats improved to 18-6 overall, and 6-3 in SEC play. Jomby and Lai, who are ranked No. 19, went 2-0 on the weekend in doubles, as they also knocked off No. 49 Jarryd Botha/David Vieyra of Alabama 8-5 on Friday. Rossi, who is ranked No. 18, is one of two Wildcats ranked in the ITA Singles Rankings, while Jomby ranks No. 24.
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Vanderbilt wraps up the SEC regular season with trips to South Carolina next Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m., and Florida Sunday, April 14 at 12 p.m. CT.