Atlanta, Ga. –
Kicking off the Georgia Tech Invitational, Vanderbilt men's tennis earned four victories in singles play and conquered three doubles matches.
Starting the Dores off in singles play, senior Alex Ross
competed in the white main draw earning a victory against Patrick Lazo from Georgia State, 6-4, 6-3. That match was followed by a win from junior Panu Virtanen
who competed against Georgia's Alex Diza in a straight-set win, 6-4, 6-4.
Friday was a strong day for sophomore Commodores, with both Max Freeman and George Harwell
earning match victories against their opponents.
Freeman earned a straight-set win against Yancy Dennis from South Carolina, 6-3, 6-3 while Harwell defeated Georgia State's Bailey Showers. Harwell fell short in the first set, 0-6, but bounced back strong in the second set to earn a set win, 6-4. Maintaining momentum, Harwell clinched the match in the third set, 6-3.
Heading into doubles play, the Dores saw three victories overall, with Marcus Ferreira
and Adam Sraberg
competing as a duo against Georgia's Britton Johnston and Sam Dromsky. Ferreira and Sraberg clinched an 8-4 win.
Competing in the Olde Gold main draw, Dore duo Freeman and Harwell continued their winning streak and earned two match wins over Virginia Tech's Donato/Kris; 8-7 (4-0) and Georgia's Diaz/Loeb; 8-6.
Vanderbilt head coach Ian Duvenhage
said he was proud of the accomplishments of Harwell and Freeman along with Virtanen and Ross, but he said he hopes to see overall team improvement in Saturday's competition.
"Max Freeman and George Harwell
had a good day in doubles winning two matches. They, along with Panu Virtanen
and Alex Ross
, played well and won their singles matches. The rest of the team didn't play very well today but I'm interested to see how they bounce back tomorrow," said Duvenhage.
The Dores continue competition in the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday as they compete in rounds two and three of singles play.
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All Vanderbilt day 1 results are listed below:
Andrei Duarte (Georgia State) def. Vikram Chari
(Vanderbilt) 6-1, 7-6 (0-2)
Brandon Freestone (Georgia Tech) def. Adam Sraberg
(Vanderbilt) 6-1, 6-1
(Vanderbilt) def. Patrick Lazo (Georgia State) 6-4, 6-3
Jake Beasley (South Carolina) def. Jack Lee
(Vanderbilt) 6-2, 6-4
Cole Gromley (Georgia Tech) def. Marcus Ferreira
(Vanderbilt) 6-2, 6-1
(Vanderbilt) def. Bailey Showers (Georgia State) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
(Vanderbilt) def. Alex Diaz (Georgia) 6-4, 6-4
Max Freeman (Vanderbilt) def. Yancy Dennis (South Carolina) 6-3, 6-3
Cole Gromley/Joseph Gandolfo (Georgia Tech) def. Vikram Chari
(Vanderbilt) def. Britton Johnston/Sam Dromsky (Georgia) 8-4
Rafael Lambling/Daniel Rodrigues (South Carolina) def. Jack Lee
Max Freeman/George Harwell
(Vanderbilt) def. Carlo Donato/Ryan Kros (Virginia Tech) 8-7 (4-0)
Blake Croyder/Alex Phillips (Georgia) def. Vikram Chari
(Vanderbilt) 8-7 (1-0)
Chris Yun/Andrew Li (Georgia Tech) def. Marcus Ferreira
Max Freeman/George Harwell
(Vanderbilt) def. Alex Diaz/Robert Loeb (Georgia) 8-6