Commodores close Georgia Tech Invitational with two championships

Atlanta, Ga. – In the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational the Vandy men’s tennis team opened day three competing in the singles consolation matches and earning three victories.

Sophomore George Harwell took on Georgia’s Alex Phillips falling short in the first set, 4-6. But Harwell bounced back in the second and third sets by dominating the court, 6-3, 6-4, earning the match win.

Senior Alex Ross continued to excel in singles play on the final day of the invitational defeating Georgia Tech’s Brandon Freestone in a straight-set win, 6-3, 6-3.

Concluding singles play for the Dores, senior Vikram Chari battled against Georgia State’s Patrick Lazo. The Vanderbilt senior fell in the first set, 3-6, but gained momentum in the second set in a 6-2 victory. Chari clinched a 6-4 win in the third set to claim the match.

The Commodores likewise conquered the courts in doubles play with sophomore Dore duo Maxwell Freeman and George Harwell competing in the championship round against South Carolina’s Raphael Lambling and Daniel Rodriques. The pair took the court strong against the Gamecocks, winning the match, 8-4, and earning the championship title of the olde gold main draw.

Keeping up doubles success for the Dores, freshman Marcus Ferreira and sophomore Adam Sraberg competed for the championship title of the white main draw against duo Cole Gromley and Joseph Gandolfo from Georgia Tech. The Commodores clinched the championship title in an 8-3 victory.

Vanderbilt head coach Ian Duvenhage said he was proud of how his team closed the Georgia Tech Invitational and believes the Dores grew from this tournament.

“The duos of Freeman/Harwell [who went undefeated] and Ferreira/Sraberg won excellent doubles matches while George Harwell, Alex Ross and Vikram Chari won good singles matches. Overall our results were not great but the weekend shows us where we need to improve,” said Duvenhage.

The Georgia Tech Invitational closes the fall tournament season for the Commodores. The Dores next take the court on January 18, 2019 when they open up the regular season against Northwestern.

 Vandy Final Results from Day 3

Consolation Singles Matches:
Cole Gromley (Georgia Tech) def. Panu Virtanen (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 7-6 (0-5) Daniel
Rodrigues (South Carolina) def. Max Freeman (Vanderbilt) 6-2, 6-1 George Harwell
(Vanderbilt) def. Alex Phillips (Georgia) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Yancy Dennis (South Carolina) def. Marcus Ferreira (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 7-6 (0-2)
Alex Ross (Vanderbilt) def. Brandon Freestone (Georgia Tech) 6-3, 6-3
Blake Croyder (Georgia) def. Jack Lee (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 6-1
Sam Dromsky (Georgia) def. Adam Sraberg (Vanderbilt) 6-7 (0-6), 6-2, 6-1
Vikram Chari (Vanderbilt) def. Patrick Lazo (Georgia State) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles Competition: 
Olde Gold Main Final:
Max Freeman/George Harwell (Vanderbilt) def. Raphael Lambling/Daniel Rodrigues (South Carolina) 8-4

White Main Draw:
Marcus Ferreira/Adam Sraberg (Vanderbilt) def. Cole Gromley/Joseph Gandolfo (Georgia Tech) 8-3

Consolation Matches:
Andrei Duarte/Bailey Showers (Georgia State) def. Jack Lee/Panu Virtanen (Vanderbilt) 8-5
Britton Johnston/Sam Dromsky (Georgia) def. Vikram Chari/Alex Ross (Vanderbilt) 8-7 (0-5)