Comeback Completed

Vanderbilt wins five of six singles matches to defeat Rice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pushed early on, Vanderbilt completed a strong comeback against Rice Sunday morning to keep a perfect start to the 2021 campaign intact.

For the first time this season, the Dores (3-0) dropped the doubles point and had to play from behind. The visitors edged Vandy in doubles in the decisive third match, which ended in a tiebreaking loss at No. 3. Vanderbilt’s lone doubles win came from Marcus Ferreira and Macsen Sisam at No. 2 via a 6-4 decision. The No. 1 duo of George Harwell and Max Freeman dropped their match by a 6-3 margin while Jeremie Casabon and Adam Sraberg fell in a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker at No. 3.

Rice raced to win the first singles point to go up 2-0, but Vanderbilt then went on a run to take a 3-2 lead. After three singles wins, Sisam weathered a third-set tiebreaker to clinch the win for Vanderbilt. The Dores rode straight-set wins from Harwell at No. 1 (7-5, 6-2), Ferreira at No. 2 (6-4, 6-4), Casabon at No. 5 (6-2, 6-2) and Klopper at No. 6 (6-1, 6,2). Vanderbilt has won five of six singles in each of its victories thus far.

Next time out on Saturday, the Commodores will host Illinois State. First serve at Currey Tennis Center is set for 11 a.m.

1. Conrad Russell/Sumit Sarkar (Rice) def. Max Freeman/George Harwell (Vandy) 6-3
2. Marcus Ferreira/Macsen Sisam (Vandy) def. Jacob Eskeland/AJ Valenty (Rice) 6-4
3. Wes Barnett/Trinity Grear (Rice) def. Jeremie Casabon/Adam Sraberg (Vandy) 7-6 (3)

1. #117 George Harwell (Vandy) def. Sumit Sarkar (Rice) 7-5, 6-2
2. Marcus Ferreira (Vandy) def. Jacob Eskeland (Rice) 6-4, 6-4
3. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (Rice) def. Max Freeman (Vandy) 6-2, 6-0
4. Macsen Sisam (Vandy) def. Campbell Simon (Rice) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (6)
5. Jeremie Casabon (Vandy) def. Wes Barnett (Rice) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joubert Klopper (Vandy) def. Trinity Grear (Rice) 6-1, 6-2

Order of Finish
1, 2, 3
3, 5, 1, 2, 4, 6