Vanderbilt tennis duo achieves All-American double

Two players. Three All-America honors.

That pretty much sums up what Vanderbilt’s Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin accomplished Thursday at the NCAA Tennis Championships.

Each advanced to the round of 16 with three-set victories in singles and then combined for a straight-set victory that earned them a place in the doubles round of 16. Those results were enough to guarantee All-America honors when all is said and done.

They are the first players in program history to be ITA All-Americans in singles and doubles and the first doubles team ever to earn that honor.

Lipman, a senior from Nashville, is now a two-time All-American, the program’s first since Bobby Reynolds (2002, 2003). Last year, he was the first Commodores player in 10 years to achieve that status.

Austin, a junior, became Vanderbilt’s fifth all-time All-American.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
NCAA Men’s Singles Championship - Second Round

No. 21 Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt) def. No. 17 [9-16] Winston Lin (Columbia): 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2
No. 59 Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) def. No. 45 Jordi Vives (Florida Gulf Coast) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

NCAA Men’s Doubles Championship - First Round
No. 3 [3] Gonzales Austin/Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) def. No. 11 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) - 6-3, 7-5

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
NCAA Men’s Singles Championship - Round of 16

No. 21 Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt) vs. No. 51 Florent Diep (Florida) - 11:30 a.m.
No. 59 Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) vs. No. 55 Ben McLachlan (California) - 11:30 a.m.

NCAA Men’s Doubles Championship - Round of 16
No. 3 [3] Gonzales Austin/Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) vs. No. 17 Malte Stropp/Jordan Angus - 3:30 p.m.