NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt men’s tennis team opened their home season with a dominant 6-1 win over Music City rival Lipscomb Sunday morning.
“It was a solid effort,” said head coach Ian Duvenhage. “I thought our energy was good and our attitudes were great. In a number of places, I thought we played well, but then in some other places, we’re going to have to play better because our competition is going to get tougher.”
After a strong start at doubles, in which all three courts were won by the home Commodores, the men continued their success onto the singles courts, picking up five wins. The Dores boast a 2-0 dual record heading into next Sunday’s doubleheader at home.
“I’m especially happy for Jeremie Casabon,” said Duvenhage. “He played a 2.5-hour match and though he was really tired, it’s his first match that he’s played in over four months. So, we’re getting stronger and we’re moving in the right direction.”
- Joubert Klopper and Marcus Ferreira secured the first set win for the Dores Sunday morning, defeating Bogdanovich and Stojanovic of Lipscomb, 6-1, on court three.
- George Harwell and Max Freeman secured the doubles point for the Dores after a decisive 6-2 win over Fischer and Penny on court two.
- The two teams played out the doubles competition on court one, with Siim Troost and Michael Ross completing the sweep for the Dores with a 7-5 win over Uribe and Garcia-Nieto.
- The Commodores took five of six to secure the victory at home.
- Following up on doubles play, both Joubert Klopper and Marcus Ferreira kept the Dores rolling with a pair of 6-2, 6-1 victories on courts 2 and 3, respectively.
- In a gutsy performance, George Harwell clinched the victory for the Dores with a pair of 6-4 set wins over his Bison opponent, giving Vandy the 4-0 lead while the remaining singles played out.
- Max Freeman gave the Dores a 5-0 lead after taking down Gonzalo Garcia-Nieto with a pair of 6-4 set wins on court four.
- Macsen Sisam made it 6-0 for the Dores on court six with a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory.
- In his first match in over four months, Jeremie Casabon fought hard but was outlasted by his Bison opponent, 7-6 (12), 7-6 (5).
Vanderbilt returns to the Currey Tennis Center next Sunday for a nonconference doubleheader against Virginia Tech and Citadel. The Commodores start off the morning at 11 a.m. with the Hokies before capping off the afternoon with the Bulldogs at 3 p.m.