NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt men’s tennis swept the competition Sunday, earning a pair of home victories in a doubleheader. The Commodores battled to take the first match of the day over Virginia Tech, 4-3, before sweeping The Citadel, 7-0, to pick up their second win of the day.
“We’re happy to get a win, but we’re going to have to play better,” said head coach Ian Duvenhage. “I thought our guys competed well and our attitudes were good, but we not only have to play better, we can play better.”
The Dores improve to a 4-0 dual record heading into a pair of doubleheaders for the upcoming weekend.
“Our competition is going to get tougher,” noted Duvenhage. “So, we’ve got to be ready to step it up.”
Against the Hokies
- Vanderbilt battled until the end to win 4-3 against ACC foe, Virginia Tech.
- At top doubles, Siim Troost and Michael Ross teamed up to defeat No. 21 Jordan Chrysostom and Ryan Fishback of Virginia Tech, 6-4.
- George Harwell and Max Freeman secured the doubles point for the Dores after a 6-4 victory on Court 2 over their Hokies competition.
- The Dores won three singles matches with Joubert Klopper clinching the match in a two-set thriller, 7-6 (2), 6-4, over his Virginia Tech opponent.
- Marcus Ferreira added to Vandy’s lead with a pair of 6-4 set wins on Court 3 singles.
- Freeman made it 3-1 Dores with a three-set thriller on Court 4, 6-1, 5-7, 6-0.
- The Hokies grabbed the first singles point of the match and closed singles play with wins on Courts 1 and 6.
Against the Bulldogs
- Vanderbilt swept The Citadel, 7-0, to pick up their second victory of the day and improve 4-0 on the year.
- The Dores jumped out to a quick lead with the doubles point as all three courts won their matches.
- Siim Troost/Michael Ross and Marcus Ferreira/Joubert Klopper started kept the Dores rolling with a pair of 6-2 victories on Courts 1 and 2 over their Bulldogs competition.
- Jeremie Casabon and Macsen Sisam added to the doubles sweep with a 6-0 victory on Court 3.
- Max Freeman gave the Dores a 2-0 lead after winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, on Court 3.
- Sisam claimed a pair of 6-1 set wins on Court 4 to give Vandy a 3-0 lead.
- Troost called the match with the fourth point of the night when he clinched the match, 6-0, 6-2, on Court 5. This marked Troost’s first win and clincher of the 2022 dual season.
- Moving up to the top singles spot, Klopper defeated his Bulldogs opponent, 6-2, 6-0, to extend the Dores lead to five. Klopper also went undefeated on the day in singles play.
- George Harwell continued the trend with a win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2 singles to give Vandy the 6-0 lead with one court left to play.
- Returning to singles play for the 2022 dual season, Michael Ross completed the sweep with strong 6-3 and 6-1 set wins on Court 6.
For the upcoming weekend, Vanderbilt returns to the Currey Tennis Center for four dual matches. The Commodores are set to host a Music City doubleheader this Friday with Belmont at 2 p.m. before returning to the courts that evening for a 6 p.m. match against Tennessee State. They round out the weekend with a noon match against Big Ten foe Northwestern before their second dual against the Tigers at 4 p.m. for the upcoming Sunday.