Dores Fall to No. 21

Vanderbilt drops match against Alabama

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt men’s tennis competed at home on Sunday at the Ensworth Tennis Facility, dropping a 4-3 decision to No. 21 Alabama.

The Tide grabbed the early lead, as Matic Dimic and Roan Jones clinched doubles for Alabama, defeating Danil Panarin and his partner Connor Robb-Wilcox. Before that, Jeremie Casabon and Hugo Coquelin fell 6-2 to their Crimson Tide opponents. Joubert Klopper and Michael Ross’ match went unfinished at 4-3.

Alabama didn’t let up, and Dimic overcame Alexandre Hillhouse on Court 6 to start off singles play, 6-2, 6-2. The Dores fought back, with Ross defeating Matias Ponce De Leon in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0, on Court 4. No. 46 Filip Planinsek grabbed another point for Bama as he defeated No. 57 Panarin on Court 1. Jones followed with a three-set win on Court 5 to pick up another point and clinch the match for Alabama. Klopper and Casabon claimed the last two points for Vanderbilt to close out the match.

1. No. 46 Planinsek (Alabama) def. Panarin 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
2. Klopper (Vanderbilt) def. No. 69 Aguiard 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
3. Casabon (Vanderbilt) def. Andrii Zimnokh 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. Ross (Vanderbilt) def. Matias Ponce De Leon 7-5, 6-0
5. Jones (Alabama) def. Coquelin 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Dimic (Alabama) def. Hillhouse 6-2, 6-2

1. Klopper/Ross (Vanderbilt) vs. No. 74 Zimnokh/Planinsek 4-3, unfinished
2. Aguiard/Zach Foster (Alabama) def. Casabon/Coquelin 6-2
3. Dimic/Jones (Alabama) def. Panarin/Robb-Wilcox 6-3

Up Next: The Dores are away next weekend, traveling to Starkville on Friday to face Mississippi State and Oxford on Sunday to face Ole Miss.