Vanderbilt tennis teams receive NCAA tournament invitations

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:51pm

Vanderbilt’s men’s tennis team received its fourth straight invitation to the NCAA and was named a host site for the opening two rounds, May 10-11.

The women’s tennis team also received an invitation Tuesday, when the fields for both tournaments were announced, and were sent to No. 13 Clemson. It was the 19th consecutive bid under coach Geoff McDonald, more than any other Vanderbilt program.

The men, who received their 12th bid overall, got a host site for the first time since the Bobby Reynolds-led team got one 2003. That year they advanced all the way to the championship match in Athens, Ga. and finished as runner-up to Illinois.

"We're going to be ready,'' Vanderbilt ace Ryan Lipman who is ranked No. 13 in the country and is expected to receive a singles invitation when individual bids go out Wednesday, said. "This is the best team I've played on at Vanderbilt, and we're all going to play hard.''

Vanderbilt (16-10), ranked 16th, will play Atlantic Sun champion East Tennessee State.

With a win it likely will play Illinois. The Illini (16-10) meet Georgia State in the other semifinal.

The first-round matches will be May 10 and the winners will meet the following day with a spot in the Sweet 16 at stake. Match times will be announced shortly.

"We're thrilled to host,'' coach Ian Duvenhage said on the Vanderbilt website.
"It was one of the goals the team set at the beginning of the year, so they have accomplished that, and I am very proud of them. ETSU is a good team, so we're going to have to be ready.''

The No. 18 Vanderbilt women (15-11) will face Big 10 foe Indiana in their opening match at Clemson. Region top seed Clemson (14-7) will meet East Kentucky May 10. Those winners meet in the finals May 11.

"Our matchup with Indiana should be a great match, they are very well-coached,'' McDonald said. "We played them a couple of years ago and were fortunate to win.

"If we're fortunate enough to win, we [likely] would play an outstanding Clemson team. They beat us in the National Indoors tournament 4-2 two years ago. It was a match which was more like 4-3 as we were leading in the final match. We've taken off the last 10-11 days since the SEC tournament, and we're rested, and I think we're really ready to go.”

Briefly

• The No. 14 ranked Vanderbilt women's golf team were named the third seed in the NCAA West Regionals in Stanford, Calif., There are 24 teams in the May 9-11 event, one of three regional tournaments around the country.