Dores take two Commodore Scramble championships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Sunday’s final day of the Commodore Scramble, the Vanderbilt men’s tennis team left the courts of the Currey Tennis Center with seven victories, including two championships.

Commodore sophomore Maxwell Freeman battled against fellow VU teammate George Harwell to clinch the title of the singles A bracket, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4. In 2017, Freeman likewise defeated Harrell in the championship of the B bracket.

“It feels great to start the fall season off strong after a long summer,” said Freeman. “Every time there’s a long gap between matches there are some uncertainties in your head before walking on court. I’m happy with the result, but I’m happier with the progress in my game that I’m starting to see for myself. I worked on my serve a lot over the summer and it paid off when I needed it this weekend.”

In the B bracket, Vanderbilt freshman Marcus Ferreira clinched the championship in the third set against Belmont sophomore Jake Briggs, securing the win with a close score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

In singles play, the Dores finished the final day of the Scramble with four wins including the championship victories. Jack Lee secured a straight-set win against Commodore Vikram Chari, while junior Panu Virtanen defeated Tennessee Tech’s Rafael Tosetto; 6-1, 6-2.

Several additional Commodore matches resulted in wins Sunday morning, with victories in doubles from Vikram Chari and Jack Lee, Harwell and Freeman and Adam Sraberg and Belmont senior Joan Valy.

The Commodores will return to action on Oct. 1 in Tulsa, Okla. as the Dores look to field student-athletes in the ITA All-American Championships.

Check below for Vanderbilt results from the final day of the Commodore Scramble:

Final Doubles Round:

Chari/Lee (VU) def. Wong/Uribe (Lip); 6-3
Harwell/Freeman (VU) def. Virtanen/Rowe (VU); 6-3
Valy/Sraberg (BU, VU) def. Tosetto/Kontopoulos (TTU); 6-3

Final Singles Round:

Champion of the A draw: Maxwell Freeman (VU)
Champion of the B draw: Marcus Ferreira (VU)

Freeman (VU) def. Harwell (VU); 6-0, 6-4
Lee (VU) def. Chari (VU); 6-2, 6-2
Virtanen (VU) def. Tosetto (TTU) 6-1, 6-1
Lancaster (UL) def. Rowe (VU); 6-4, 6-2
Kontopoulous (TTU) def. Sraberg (VU); 6-1, 7-6
Hedley (UL) def. Ross (VU); 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Lancaster (UL) def. Rowe (VU); 6-4, 6-2
Ferreira (VU) def. Briggs (BU); 6-4, 4-6, 6-4