OXFORD, Miss. – Vanderbilt men’s tennis secured its first SEC victory Sunday by defeating Ole Miss, 4-1.
After falling short to No. 8 Mississippi State on Friday, the Commodores were eager to bounce back in conference play taking on its second SEC opponent of the weekend at the Galtney Indoor Tennis Center.
The Commodores opened up quickly in doubles play with Dore pair Cameron Klinger and Billy Rowe defeating Ole Miss’s Filip Kraljevic and Tim Sandkaulen, 6-2.
Falling short on courts two and three, the Commodores dropped the doubles point to Ole Miss giving the Rebels an early 1-0 lead.
Ready to earn a comeback in singles play, the Dores wasted no time with junior Panu Virtanen dominating with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Ole Miss’s Jan Soren Hain tying the match, 1-1.
Boosting the Commodores to a 2-1 lead over the Rebels, freshman Macsen Sisam stepped up by aking down Ole Miss’s Fabian Fallert, 6-4, 6-1.
Maintaining the singles winning streak for the Dores, junior Billy Rowe dominated on court four earning a straight set, 6-4, 6-1 victory extending the Commodores lead to 3-1.
Wrapping up the match for the Dores, sophomore George Harwell clinched the match by defeating Filip Kraljevic, 6-4, 6-4 marking the Commodores first SEC victory.
“Today was huge for us. Ole Miss is a great team and a tough place to play. After dropping the doubles point, we came out with a ton of energy in singles. Everyone on courts one through six were fighting like crazy, it was so fun to be a part of,” said Harwell.
The Commodores are back in action in Nashville on Friday, taking on Auburn at 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Currey Tennis Center.
Keep up with the Commodores as they prepare to take on the Tigers by following @VandyMTennis on Twitter and Instagram.
#27 Vanderbilt 4, #30 Ole Miss 1
1. Tim Sandkaulen (OM) vs. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) 6-3, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
2. George Harwell (VANDY) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-4, 6-4
3. Macsen Sisam (VANDY) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-4, 6-1
4. Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. Karlo Kranic (OM) 6-4, 6-1
5. Panu Virtanen (VANDY) def. Jan Soren Hain (OM) 6-4, 6-0
6. Simon Junk (OM) vs. Marcus Ferreira (VANDY) 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
1. #52 Billy Rowe/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. Filip Kraljevic/Tim Sandkaulen (OM) 6-2
2. Fabian Fallert/Cotter Wilson (OM) def. Adam Sraberg/Christiaan Worst (VANDY) 6-2
3. Karlo Kranic/Simon Junk (OM) def. George Harwell/Marcus Ferreira (VANDY) 6-4
Vanderbilt 10-3; National ranking #27
Ole Miss 7-5; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,3,4,2)