March 2, 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt junior Bobby Reynolds became the school's
all-time singles wins leader as the No. 24 Commodores swept No. 26 Tennessee 7-0
at the Currey Tennis Center Sunday. Vanderbilt (9-1, 2-1 SEC) had previously not
beaten Tennessee (6-4, 0-2 SEC) since the 1997 season.
Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt noted the talent level of the Commodores, who have enjoyed a great deal of success and improvement in recent years under head coach Ken Flach.
"I thought our team was focused going into this match," said Fancutt. "They battled hard and just lost to a very good team. Vandy is one of the best teams in the SEC, and playing against the best, on the road, proved to be too much for us today."
In doubles, the Vol pairing of Dietrich and Wade Orr provided the bright spot of the day for Tennessee as they continued their recent streak of solid play, upsetting the No. 45-ranked Vandy team of Reynolds and Lewie Smith.
"The highlight of the match had to be Wade Orr and Mark Dietrich playing a great match to win at No. 1 doubles," Fancutt said. "This is the second week in a row that they've won at No. 1, and they're playing very well."
Tennessee was unable to manage another doubles win, and Vanderbilt took a 1-0 match lead into singles competition. It was there that the Commodores, led by Reynolds and Chad Harris, who is currently ranked No. 45 nationally, convincingly showed why they deserve to be a top 25 team.
Harris battled back from a one-set deficit to hand No. 40 Simon Rea a rare loss. Rea has now lost only five times this season and boasts a team-best 18 singles wins.
With his victory over Mark Dietrich at No. 1 singles, Reynolds, the nation's No. 5-ranked singles player, passed Andrew Nisker to move into first place on Vanderbilt's career singles win list with 80.
Tennessee will host its first conference match of the season Friday, March 7, against No. 11 Alabama at UT's Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. The Crimson Tide has been playing spectacular tennis as of late, and is unbeaten thus far in 2003.
|#24 Vanderbilt 7, #26 Tennessee 0|
|1)||No. 5 Bobby Reynolds (VU) def. No. 69 Mark Dietrich (UT), 6-4, 6-3|
|2)||No. 15 Chad Harris (VU) def. No. 40 Simon Rea (UT), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1|
|3)||Matthew Lockin (VU) def. Vincent Perna (UT), 7-5, 6-2|
|4)||Zach Dailey (VU) def. Wade Orr (UT), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|5)||Scott Brown (VU) def. Mark Henderson (UT), 6-1, 6-0|
|6)||Lewie Smith (VU) def. Rawl Martin (UT), 6-2, 6-2|
|1)||Dietrich/Orr (UT) def. No. 45 Reynolds/Smith (VU), 8-6|
|2)||No. 9 Brown/Harris (VU) def. No. 37 Henderson/Rea (UT), 8-4|
|3)||Dailey/Lockin (VU) def. Martin/Perna (UT), 8-5|