Vandy trounces Vol netters

Finally, Vanderbilt has found a sport in which it can excel.

The Commodore tennis team, ranked No. 24 nationally, swept past No. 26 Tennessee 7-0 Sunday at Currey Tennis Center in Nashville.

The Doresmove to 9-1 overall and 2-1 in SEC play, while the Vols drop to 6-4 and 0-2.

''I thought our team was focused going into this match,'' said UT head coach Michael 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 Mark 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 Bobby Reynolds and Lewie Smith, 8-6. That would be UT's only victory of the day, however.

Reynolds, ranked No. 5 nationally, beat Dietrich 6-4, 6-3 in No. 1 singles. No. 15 Chad Harris beat Simon Rea 4-6, 6-1 6-1 at No. 2 and Matthew Lockin beat UT's Vincent Perna 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3. Zach Dailey beat Orr (UT), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4, Scott Brown drilled Mark Henderson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 and Smith beat Rawl Martin6-2, 6-2 at No. 6. Vandy also took two of three doubles matches to secure the doubles point.

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