Austin, Lipman earn singles bid

May 1, 2013

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt men’s tennis redshirt junior Ryan Lipman and sophomore Gonzales Austin have been named to the Men’s Tennis NCAA Singles Championship. Austin and Lipman are part of the 64-player field who will compete in the tournament May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

Each match in the tournament best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used. 

Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection. 

Last season, former Commodore Charlie Jones represented Vanderbilt in the singles championship. This marks the second appearance for Lipman after advancing to the second round as a freshman. It is the first selection for Austin. Lipman is one of 16 nationally-seeded players in the field.

Lipman is currently ranked No. 13 in the ITA singles rankings and leads the team with an overall singles record of 28-10. Austin is ranked No. 47 and was an All-SEC First Team selection along with Lipman. 

The Commodores are set to begin team play in the NCAA Tournament versus East Tennessee State on Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. CT in Nashville, Tenn., at the Currey Tennis Center.



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