Vanderbilt eliminated from NCAA men's tennis tournament

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:53am
Staff reports

Vanderbilt’s season ended with a 4-0 loss to No. 1 UCLA on Thursday in the third round of the NCAA men's team tennis tournament in Urbana, Ill.

The Bruins (27-1), who have won 18 straight matches since a February loss to Southern Cal, cruised past Vanderbilt, which won only one set in the match.

UCLA easily won the doubles point. Then the Bruins knocked off Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl, Marc Van der Merwe and Rhys Johnson at No. 3, 5 and 6 singles, respectively, to clinch the match.

Vanderbilt junior Ryan Lipman, ranked No. 10, lost the first set at No. 1 singles to No. 27 ranked Dennis Novikov 6-3, then came back to win the second set 6-3 when the match was clinched.

Vanderbilt, making its third appearance in the round of 16, finished 18-11, the most wins under seventh-year coach Ian Duvenhage. Vanderbilt finished NCAA runnerup in 2003.

Lipman and Gonzales Austin will compete in the 64-player individual singles tournament, which opens May 22.