The Commodores now will face No. 1 Illinois on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Vanderbilt faced Illinois in the NCAA Championship match a year ago, dropping a tough 4-3 decision to the Illini.
Junior Scott Brown clinched the match at second singles, defeating SEC Rookie of the Year John Isner, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Senior Zach Dailey and junior Matt Lockin claimed the Commodores other two singles points. The Dores began the day by taking the doubles point at second and third doubles.
"We knew this was going to be a serious dogfight," VU Head Coach Ken Flach said. "Georgia is a tough team and we anticipated a 4-3 match, which is usually the case in an NCAA match. I would not want anybody else out their other than Scotty (Brown) when it's 3-3. He has been clutch for us all year and he was rock solid again."
Lockin and freshman Nathan Sachs scored the first blow for the Commodores at third doubles, defeating UGA's Matic Omerzel and Ricardo Gonzalez, 8-5. Dailey and fellow-senior Lew Smith clinched the doubles point at the second position, beating Matias Ormaza and Strahinja Bobusic, 8-5.
In singles play, Dailey's straight-set, 6-1, 6-4 victory gave Vanderbilt a 2-0 edge. From there, the match began to tighten up. Lockin scored a 6-1, 6-3 victory at third singles, but VU losses at first, fifth and sixth singles tied the match at 3-3.
In the third set, Brown took an early break and was able to serve out to continue the Commodores' amazing post-season. Brown improved his dual-match record to 19-7, including a 10-2 record at the second position.
(17-32) Vanderbilt 4, (9) Georgia 3 Doubles 1. #3 Bo Hodge/John Isner (UGA) vs. #16 Chad Harris/Scott Brown (VU), 8-4 2. Lewis Smith/Zach Dailey (VU) def. Matias Ormaza/Strahinja Bobusic (UGA), 8-5 3. Matt Lockin/Nathan Sachs (VU) def. Matic Omerzel/Ricardo Gonzalez (UGA), 8-5 Vanderbilt Wins The Doubles Point Singles 1. #14 Bo Hodge (UGA) def. #31 Chad Harris (VU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 2. #75 Scott Brown (VU) def. #97 John Isner (UGA), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 (Clinched Match) 3. #103 Matt Lockin (VU) def. Matic Omerzel (UGA), 6-1, 6-3 4. #99 Zach Dailey (VU) def. Matias Ormzaz (UGA), 6-1, 6-4 5. Strahinja Bobusic (UGA) def. Lewis Smith (VU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 6. Ricardo Gonzalez (UGA) def. Nathan Sachs (VU), 6-2, 6-3