June 4, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its final rankings of the 2013-14 season on Wednesday morning. The Vanderbilt men's tennis team goes out as the 20th-ranked team in the country, while both Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austinreceive top 50 individual rankings.
The Commodores finished the season with a 17-11 overall record in 2014. The team made a run in the SEC Tournament Championship, making it to the semifinals for the first time since 2004. The `Dores would go on to host the NCAA first and second rounds despite being the No. 2 seed in the region, but ultimately fell in a hard fought match against top seeded Columbia.
Vanderbilt's season was filled with many other firsts. The `Dores picked up wins against Florida and Georgia, both firsts since 2004. The team also notched a win against in-state rival Tennessee for the first time since 2006.
"We had a very good season," said Duvenhage. "When you beat the likes of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia in the same year you expect to finish in the top 10, but we were very inconsistent. Next season we'll work on playing with more consistency and ultimately reach one of our goals of making it back to NCAA's."
Head coach Ian Duvenhagepicked up his 100th career win with the Commodores earlier in the season against Ball State. After 27 years of coaching Duvenhage has amassed 458 career wins.
Austin paced the Commodores in the singles rankings finishing the year at No. 19. The Miami native finished the year with a record of 29-10, making an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 before being eliminated. Austin finished the year with a record of 16-7 against ranked opponents and sits on 75 career singles wins going into his senior season.
Lipman finished his career ranked No. 44 by the ITA. The Nashville native joined Austin, making an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. Despite sitting out the fall due to injury, Lipman finished the year with a record of 18-8, defeating 11 ranked opponents over that span. He finishes his Vanderbilt career with 96 singles wins, just three shy of matching the school record.
Despite falling just short on the VU singles record, Lipman will leave as the winningest player in Vandy tennis history. Following his run in the NCAA Tournament Lipman holds 174 combined singles and doubles wins, two better than the previous record set by Scott Brown.
Together Lipman and Austin finished the year at No. 3 in doubles play. The duo set both the single season and career wins record for a Commodore doubles team with 30 and 36, respectively.
Both Lipman and Austin became the first Commodore players to earn ITA All-American honors in doubles and also become the first to earn both singles and doubles All-American honors in the same season.
Lipman became the first three-time All-American in Vanderbilt mens tennis history. Austin joins him and Bobby Reynolds as the only players to earn multiple All-American honors in their career.