First Serve

Vanderbilt readies for 2021 debut Sunday afternoon against Belmont

Vanderbilt Commodores (0-0)
Belmont Bruins (0-0)

Jan. 31, 2021 • Noon CT

First Serve

  • Vanderbilt opens its 2021 spring slate Sunday afternoon with a home matchup at Currey Tennis Center against Nashville-rival Belmont. First ball is set for noon.
  • Due to COVID-19 protocols and social distancing guidelines, fans are not permitted to attend the match.
  • Fans can follow the match via live stream, live scoring or on Twitter by following @VandyMTennis.

Climbing the Ladder

  • Now in his 16th season as head coach of the Commodores, Ian Duvenhage is two wins away from 200 at Vanderbilt.
  • Across his career with the Miami women, Florida men and Vanderbilt men, Duvenhage has amassed a career mark of 550-348 across 35 years as a head coach.

ITA Rankings

  • To start the season, George Harwell is ranked No. 117 in the nation in the first Oracle/ITA rankings of the campaign.


  • The Commodores welcome Max Freeman, George Harwell and Adam Sraberg back for their senior campaigns in 2021. Freeman and Harwell have been staples in the line for the program the last three years and the trio will help tutor newcomers Connor Robb-Wilcox and Jeremie Casabon.
  • Vanderbilt also brings back juniors Macsen Sisam and Marcus Ferreira to go with sophomores Joubert Klopper and James Ignatowich.

Looking Astern

  • In the fall, Vanderbilt competed in the allotted three tournaments.
  • Marcus Ferreira and Max Freeman led the way with four singles wins apiece.
  • George Harwell paced Vandy in doubles play with five wins, two of which came with Max Freeman with two more coming while partnered with Adam Sraberg.

A Look Back at 2020

  • A season ago, Vanderbilt posted a 7-6 record through 13 matches before the season was canceled due to COVID-19.
  • George Harwell led the way with a 10-3 dual-match singles record, including eight wins at No. 1.
  • The Commodores went 5-2 at home a season ago with the only defeats a 4-2 loss to No. 21 Florida State and a conference defeat against Texas A&M.

On The Radar

  • After opening its 2021 season this weekend, Vanderbilt will continue a season-opening four-match homestand on Feb. 7 when it welcomes Rice to Currey Tennis Center. First serve is set for 11 a.m.