May 9, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 19th-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team is set for the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament and its first round match against Virginia Tech. The Commodores will face the 36th-ranked Hokies on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at the Currey Tennis Center. Vanderbilt is hosting the first and second round matches despite being the No. 2 seed in the region.
Vandy (16-10) will take on the third-seeded Hokies (14-11) looking to advance to the second round and earn a shot at the round of 16. The regions top seed and No. 16 overall seed Columbia will take on fourth-seeded ETSU at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The second round match is set for Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
The Commodores earned their 13th bid to the NCAA tournament and will host the first and second rounds for the second-consecutive season. Last season, Vanderbilt won a trip to the round of 16 by defeating ETSU and Illinois in Nashville. It was just the third ever trip to the round of 16 and the programs first since 2004. Vandy was the national runner-up in 2003 and made it to the quarterfinals in 2004.
Austin has posted a 27-8 record thus far, including a record of 14-5 against ranked opponents. After sitting out much of the fall, Lipman has come back to post a 15-5 dual record and went 8-2 in SEC regular season play.
Together Austin and Lipman are ranked No. 4 in the ITA doubles rankings. The duo has set the Vanderbilt career wins record for a team, at 32-9. This season Austin and Lipman are 26-6, tying the single-season record for wins.
The Hokies received their eighth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. Tech and Vandy have previously met twice in the NCAA first round (2010, 2011), with the Hokies taking it both times.
Virginia Tech comes to Nashville with three All-ACC players. Amerigo Contini, ranked No. 20 by the ITA in singles, was the lone All-ACC First Teamer, while Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro were named to the Second Team and Third Team, respectively.
Follow all of the action from the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Tournament in Nashville by visiting VUCommodores.com or by following @VandyWTennis and @VandyMensTennis on twitter.