ATHENS, Ga.-- Vanderbilt's seventh-ranked men's tennis team roared into the NCAA quarterfinal round with a 4-1 win in the Sweet 16 over tenth-ranked Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Commodores, playing in their first NCAA Tournament since the tournament was instituted in 1977, improved to 25-3 and continued their improbable, unprecedented quest to reach the school's first-ever Final Four. It was Vanderbilt's third straight win in NCAA play, as the Commodores defeated Tennessee Tech and Pepperdine last weekend in the opening rounds in Nashville.
Vanderbilt took control of the match early, as Coach Ken Flach's Commodores easily won the doubles point. Bobby Reynolds and Scott Brown defeated the Aggies' Lester Cook and Ryan Newport at the No. 1 doubles position, 8-3; while Chad Harris and Matt Lockin at the No. 2 doubles position knocked off Matt Loucks and John Nallon, 8-0.
In singles, wins were registered by Reynolds at the No. 1 position, 6-3, 6-4 over Newport; Lockin at No. 3, 7-6, 7-6 over Khaled El Dorry; and Lewis Smith at No. 6, 6-4, 6-4 over Nallon. Khalid El Dorry notched the Aggies' only win, 7-6, 7-6 over Vandy's Scott Brown at the No. 4 spot.
Harris at No. 2 was trailing Cook, and Zach Dailey was up a set on Loucks at No. 5, when both matches were abandoned.
Should Vanderbilt win again on Sunday against Baylor, the Commodores would play in the semifinals at noon ET (11 a.m. CT) Monday at the Dan Magill Complex. The championship match is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET (3 CT).