VU ready for ETSU in NCAA first round
May 9, 2013
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt is set to begin NCAA Tournament play Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. CT, versus the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at the Currey Tennis Center.
The Commodores enter the regional as the No. 1 seed and No. 16 overall seed in the tournament, while ETSU comes to Nashville as the No. 4 seed in the regional. Vanderbilt is 16-10 this season and ETSU is 13-6. The winner will advance to Saturday’s second round match versus the winner of Illinois and Georgia State at 2 p.m. CT. Illinois and Georgia State meet at 11 a.m. Friday in the first match of the day.
Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament
The Commodores are making their 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh under current head coach Ian Duvenhage. Vanderbilt’s best NCAA Tournament run came in 2003 when the Commodores fell in the championship match to Illinois, 4-3. Last season, Vanderbilt was knocked out in the first round by Notre Dame in Columbus, Ohio. This marks the first meeting with ETSU in the NCAA Tournament. Should the Commodores advance to the second round, they would face either Illinois or Georgia State. Vanderbilt has faced Illinois three times in the postseason with Illinois winning all three matches. VU has never faced Georgia State in the tournament.
About No. 2 seed Illinois (16-10)
Georgia State (15-10) jumped back into the team rankings following an upset victory over No. 49-ranked MTSU in the Sun Belt Conference Championship final. The 4-3 comeback win secured a berth for Georgia State in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament as an automatic qualifier. Victor Valente leads the Panthers as the No. 63-ranked player in the most recent ITA singles rankings. Valente is also ranked in doubles with Lucas Santa Ana at No. 60.
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The winner of the Nashville Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Urbana, Ill., May 17-21, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex hosted by the University of Illinois.
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