Vanderbilt’s Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin will do double duty Thursday at the NCAA Tennis Championships.
Each will continue in the singles competition following a groundbreaking pair of victories on Wednesday and then they will team up in the first round of the doubles competition.
Austin, ranked 21st by the ITA, won his opening match 6-2, 6-2. Lipman (pictured), ranked 59th, had a much tougher test but upset No. 10 Yannick Hanfmann of USC 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 (5).
It is the first time in program history two players made it to the second round of the singles in the same year. Lipman, a senior from Nashville, scored first-round victories in two of his three NCAA appearances (2010, 2013). Austin, a junior from Miami, is in the field for the second time. He lost in the first round last year.
Together they form the third seed in the 32-team doubles field and are the first Vanderbilt doubles team to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 2005.
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