NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt men’s tennis came up short against No. 15 Tennessee, 2-5, on Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center.
Kicking off the match strong, 33rd-ranked Commodore duo Cam Klinger and Billy Rowe secured the Dores’ first doubles victory by upsetting No. 9 Tennessee pair Timo Stodder and Preston Touliatos, 6-4.
Sophomore duo Max Freeman and George Harwell held Vol pair Scott Jones and Adam Walton to only two games in a 6-2 win to clinch the doubles point for the Dores.
The Vols swiftly bounced back to tie the match with a win on court 1 over Klinger, 6-2, 6-2 by No. 29 Timo Stodder.
Freeman dominated in the first set on court 5 to take down Tennessee’s Preston Touliatos, 6-2, in the first set. Looking to push the Commodores into the lead, the sophomore didn’t back down, holding Touliatos to three games to put the Dores up, 2-1.
Tennessee picked up momentum to shift the match in its favor, notching wins on three courts to clinch the match for the Volunteers. The win marked the Vols’ first victory over Vanderbilt since 2014.
The final court played out with junior Panu Virtanen taking the first set, 6-2, but falling short in the second set, 6-1, to push the match into a third set. In the final set, Virtanen fought back from a 0-5 deficit but ultimately fell short, 6-4, to finalize the Vols’ victory, 5-2.
The Commodores are back in action to host their final match of the regular season on Sunday as they face No. 18 Georgia at the Currey Tennis Center at noon. Prior to the match, the Dores will honor their three seniors – Klinger, Vik Chari and Alex Ross.
Admission to the match is free. Follow along with the Dores as they face the Bulldogs by following @VandyMTennis on Twitter and Instagram.