Fine First Round

Commodores claim seven of nine matches on opening day of ITA Regional

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt men’s tennis team recorded six singles wins and a pair of doubles victories during the during the first day of play of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship.

Jeremie Casabon, the No. 12 seed, turned in the most comprehensive performance of the day for Vanderbilt, defeating Ethan Carr of host Tennessee-Chattanooga without dropping a single game. Fourth-seeded Nathan Cox opened his tournament with a straight-sets win over Eastern Kentucky’s Julappagari Anurag Reddy.

A trio of Commodores are seeded 17-32, and each was also a straight sets winner. Juan Lopez defeated Belmont’s Niklas Van Hellens, Michael Ross beat Austin Peay’s Aeneas Schaub and Joubert Klopper defeated Marco Pennelli from Xavier.

In other action, Michael Deames earned a victory over Southern Indiana’s Axel Sabourin while Butler’s Borja Miralles defeated Vanderbilt’s Paul Wang. 

In doubles, both of Vanderbilt’s seeded duos came away with victories. Casabon and Cox notched a win against a Belmont tandem while Lopez and Ross were victorious against an Eastern Kentucky duo.

Play continues with both championship and consolation draw matches Friday at Chattanooga’s Champions Club at Riverfront Park.

Thursday Results
#119 Nathan Cox (Vanderbilt) def. Julappagari Anurag Reddy (Eastern Kentucky) 6-3, 6-2
Jeremie Casabon (Vanderbilt) def. Ethan Carr (Tennessee-Chattanooga) 6-0, 6-0
Juan Lopez (Vanderbilt) def. Niklas Von Hellens (Belmont) 6-4, 6-2
Michael Ross (Vanderbilt) def. Aeneas Schaub (Austin Peay) 6-2, 6-2
Joubert Klopper (Vanderbilt) vs Marco Pennelli (Xavier) 6-2, 6-3
Mitchell Deames (Vanderbilt) def. Axel Sabourin (Southern Indiana) 6-1, 6-3
Borja Miralles (Butler) def. Paul Wang (Vanderbilt) 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5

#40 Casabon/Cox (Vanderbilt) def. Luis Tomas/Diego Castro (Belmont) 8-4
Lopez/Ross (Vanderbilt) def. Fernando Bulnes Garrorena/Kristoffer Stahlbrand (Eastern Kentucky) 8-5
Pablo Alemany/Charlie Barry (Memphis) def. Deames/Klopper (Vanderbilt) 8-7 (5)

Friday Schedule
Singles – Championship Draw
10 am [4] Cox (Vanderbilt) vs Alex Alvarez (Tennessee Tech)
10 am [12] Casabon (Vanderbilt) vs Murilo Burckhardt (Tennessee Tech)
10 am [17-32] Lopez (Vanderbilt) vs Juan Sebastian Domiguez Collado (Lipscomb)
10 am [17-32] Ross (Vanderbilt) vs Nikola Puric (Dayton)
10 am Deames (Vanderbilt) vs Evan Duggal (Louisville)
Noon [17-32] Joubert Klopper (Vanderbilt) vs Deacon Thomas (Indiana)

Singles – Consolation Draw
2:30 pm Wang (Vanderbilt) vs Kristoffer Stahlbrand (Eastern Kentucky)

Doubles – Championship Draw
8 am [2] Casabon/Cox (Vanderbilt) vs Dimosthenis Taramonlis/Kristian Thomas (Middle Tennessee)
8 am [9-16] Lopez/Ross (Vanderbilt) vs. Ryan Cahill/Pascal Mosberger (Xavier)

Doubles – Consolation Draw
4 pm Deames/Klopper (Vanderbilt) vs. Daniel Perez-Caraballo/Nil Moinet (Tennessee State)

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