Dores Lose Heartbreaker in SEC Tournament

Men’s tennis falls to Alabama 4-3

ATHENS, Ga. – The Vanderbilt men’s tennis team lost a heartbreaker to Alabama, 4-3, Wednesday during its Southeastern Conference Tournament opener.

The Commodores got off to a strong start to win the opening point. Junior Siim Troost and senior Macsen Sisam, ranked 80th nationally, posted their second straight win as a duo on the season after defeating No. 53 Filip Planinsek and Patrick Kaukovalta, 6-4, on the top court. Freshman Michael Ross and sophomore Jeremie Casabon clinched their second doubles point as a duo after a 6-4 win on Court 3.

Sisam and fifth-year senior Max Freeman were the bright spots after doubles, grabbing the only two singles points for the Dores after winning their respective matches.

Seeing Double

  • No. 80 Troost and Sisam earned an upset win after defeating No. 53 Planinsek and Kaukovalta of Alabama, 6-4, on the top court. The win marked the duo’s second straight win together on the season, while Troost is 15-8 at the No. 1 doubles spot.
  • Ross and Casabon secured the doubles point after a 6-4 win against German Samofalov and Joao Ferreira of the Crimson Tide on Court 3. The victory marked the second doubles point clinched as a duo on the season. Ross has a 15-9 doubles dual record, while Casabon has clinched five doubles points on the season.
  • Fifth-year senior George Harwell and junior Joubert Klopper were down 5-4 to Alabama’s Enzo Aguiard and Juan Martin on Court 2 when their match was called.

Tested at Singles

  • Alabama handled singles play by winning four out of six courts.
  • The Dores continued the momentum as Freeman won the first singles point of the match after defeating Kaukovalta of Alabama in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, on Court 3. After moving up to the No. 3 singles spot last week, Freeman earned his first SEC win on the third court. Vandy had a 2-0 lead at the time.
  • The Crimson Tide flipped the momentum to grab wins on Courts 1, 2 and 4 to take the 3-2 lead.
  • Sisam earned his eighth straight singles win and second straight in SEC play after defeating Alabama’s Zach Foster in a three-set thriller on Court 6. Foster took the first set without dropping a single point, but Sisam earned the comeback victory after winning a second set tiebreaker, 7-6 (2), pushing to a third and final set win, 6-2. The victory evened the match with the Crimson Tide, 3-3.
  • The match clincher came on Court 5 as senior Marcus Ferreira fell in a heartbreaker to Martin of Alabama. After Ferreira came out strong to win the first set, 6-3, Martin won a pair of 6-4 set wins to claim the fourth and final point of the match.

Next Serve

The NCAA Tournament team field will be announced May 2 at 5 p.m. (CT), while the individual field will be released the following day on May 3. Both announcements will be available on

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