March 21, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 30th-ranked men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision Sunday to No. 32 Vanderbilt at the Currey Tennis Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 7-9 on the season and 1-4 versus Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Commodores improve to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the league.
“We had several chances in doubles and many more in singles, but we’re just not converting key points,” head coach Billy Pate said. “It’s a disappointing outcome, but I give Vanderbilt credit for playing well on their home court.”
Vanderbilt jumped out to the early 1-0 lead following a sweep of doubles. First to pick up a win was the Commodore duo of juniors Adam Baker and Alex Zotov who won four straight games for the 8-4 victory over Alabama senior Saketh Myneni and sophomore Michael Davis on court one. The doubles point would be clinched at No. 3 as Vanderbilt senior Vijay Paul and sophomore Charlie Jones earned a late break over Tide junior Trey Walston and freshman Jarryd Botha for the 8-6 victory. The match on court two was played out into a tiebreaker where 74th-ranked junior Bryant Salcedo and freshman Ryan Lipman would eventually come out on top 9-8 over Alabama sophomores Ricky Doverspike and Michael Thompson.
The Commodores took a 2-0 advantage quickly following the start of singles as Paul downed Botha 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 for the win. Doverspike was next to collect a win giving the Tide its first point of the afternoon posting a 6-3, 7-6 victory on court two over Salcedo. Vanderbilt went on to win the next three singles contests, including the clincher at No. 5, for the dual match win. On court four, Thompson battled back after a 6-1 first-set loss to Zotov to take the second 7-5, but Zotov managed to go up a break and take the final set 6-4. The matchup on court five was close in the first set as Baker narrowly edged senior Houssam Yassine, 7-5. The second frame started out close, but it would be Baker coming out on top 6-3 for the clinching point.
On court one, 47th-ranked Myneni retired late in the third set giving No. 38 Lipman the 2-6, 6-4, 5-4 victory. The matchup at No. 6 was also decided by retirement, however it would be Tide freshman Ian Chadwell collecting the win after taking the first set 6-4 over Jones.
“We’ll have a good week of practice this week and look forward to playing at home next weekend,” Pate added.
Next up, Alabama returns home to host Southern Mississippi on Friday, March 26. Opening serve is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CST) at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
1. Baker/Zotov (VU) def. Myneni/Davis (UA) 8-4
2. No. 74 Salcedo/Lipman (VU) def. Doverspike/Thompson 9-8
3. Paul/Jones (VU) def. Walston/Botha (UA) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
1. No. 38 Ryan Lipman (VU) def. No. 47 Saketh Myneni (UA) 2-6, 6-4, 5-4, ret.
2. Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. Bryant Salcedo (VU) 6-3, 7-6
3. Vijay Paul (VU) def. Jarryd Botha (UA) 6-2, 6-0
4. Alex Zotov (VU) def. Michael Thompson (UA) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
5. Adam Baker (VU) def. Houssam Yassine (UA) 7-5, 6-3
6. Ian Chadwell (UA) def. Charlie Jones (VU) 6-4, ret.
Order of Finish: 3,2,4,5*, 1,6