April 17, 2013
NASHVILLE - Sixteenth-ranked Vanderbilt is set to begin the 2013 SEC Tournament Thursday at 12 p.m. CT versus No. 21 Auburn, hosted by Ole Miss at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center in Oxford, Miss.
The Commodores enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed after putting together a 15-9 overall record and 6-6 mark in the SEC. Auburn makes its way to Oxford as the No. 10 seed and a record of 13-9 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Earlier this season, Auburn defeated Vanderbilt, 4-2, in Nashville at the Currey Tennis Center. The winner of the Vanderbilt-Auburn match will face the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers.
Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament
Thursday's match versus Auburn will mark the first meeting between the two programs in the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt is 0-2 all time in the SEC Tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Commodores enter the match with a record of 6-22 all-time in the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt won the 2003 SEC Tournament over Florida for the program's only conference tournament title.
- Ryan Lipman leads Vanderbilt with 28 singles victories this season.
- Lipman is 8-5 this season versus ranked players and 18-5 in dual play (8-4 in the SEC).
- Kris Yee ranks second on the team with 23 wins on the season.
- Yee also leads the team with an 18-2 record in dual play this season.
- Three Commodores (Lipman, Yee and Gonzales Austin) have at least 20 wins on the season in singles.
- Lipman and Austin are ranked Nos. 13 and 51 in the ITA Singles Rankings.
- Austin and Suresh Eswaran make their first appearance in the ITA Doubles Rankings at No. 87.
- Vanderbilt is one of 12 schools that have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the top 25.
About No. 10 seed Auburn (13-9, 5-7)
The 21st-ranked Auburn Tigers (13-9, 5-7 SEC) wrapped up the 2013 regular season with a pair of losses on the road at No. 3 Georgia (4-0) on Friday and No. 10 Tennessee (4-0) on Sunday. Auburn finished tied for fourth in the SEC Western Division and earned the No. 10 seed in the SEC Tournament. Senior Andreas Mies enters tournament play at No. 28 in the latest ITA rankings, with sophomore Lukas Ollert at No. 119 and junior Daniel Cochrane at No. 121 in singles. In doubles, Mies and Cochrane are ranked No. 4 nationally entering the postseason with Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso coming in at No. 64.
Fans can follow the action with live scoring available here. Also be sure to follow the Commodores on Twitter at @VandyMensTennis.
Vanderbilt will take the court next in NCAA Regional action beginning May 11-13 at campus sites to be announced after conference tournaments.