Oct. 27, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt men’s tennis team hosts five schools in the squad’s annual Commodore Scramble this weekend at the Currey Tennis Center. First serve is scheduled for 9 a.m. each morning.
Student-athletes from Belmont, Lipscomb, Louisville, Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech will join the ‘Dores in the weekend’s competition.
Vanderbilt heads into the weekend after a successful ITA Regional where the ‘Dores made appearances in the singles and doubles semifinals. This weekend gives fans their first glimpses of the 2016-17 team at home, including its two freshmen, Billy Rowe and Panu Virtanen.
A native of Coronado, Calif., Rowe made it to the doubles semifinals of last weekend’s regionals alongside Cameron Klinger. Earlier in the tournament season the duo nearly defeated the sixth-ranked tandem in the nation in Ole Miss’ Kralijevic/Babic, dropping a 7-6 tiebreaker. Together the team owns five victories in eight matches.
Virtanen is the third international student-athlete on the men’s tennis team, hailing from Helsinki, Finland. On the regional stage the freshman went 6-2 in singles, picking up a win over Dayton’s Zach Berry before making a deep run in the tournament back draw.
Singles and doubles draws will be released Thursday night.