NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's tennis team fell 7-0, 7-0 to crosstown opponent Vanderbilt in Saturday's doubleheader at the Currey Tennis Center.
Big Blue is now 6-3 on the season, while the Commordores improved to 6-2.
"The guys didn't play badly today," said head coach Monroe Walker. "As a group, we have to stay positive on the court and not be overwheiled by the moment. We have to respect our opponent and not fear them. There was a time Vanderbilt wouldn't play us, and now they are. We have to learn from this match and see where we need to be."
The morning began with doubles where the Tigers dropped matches across all courts sacrificing the doubles point. Shashank Nautiyal and Tanishq Mahendru entered the match undefeated as a duo, and suffered its first loss to Dores Cameron Klinger and Billy Roe, 6-1. Vanderbilt clinched the doubles point with this match as newcomers Pavle Popovic and Stefan Koruga continued to fight for a TSU win, eventually dropping the final doubles match, 6-2.
Vanderbilt entered singles play confident. Sophomore Larry Sloan went up against No. 50 Daniel Valent at No. 1 where he pushed and won a single set against the ranked opponent, falling 6-0, 6-1. The Dores clinched the first match of the morning with a win on court two. Maxwell Freeman defeated Nautiyal, 6-1, 6-0. The match continued as the Tigers dropped matches on the final three courts.
In the second matchup of the day, the Tigers improved as Koruga and Popovic went 6-4 against the Dores at No. 3 and at No. 2, Sloan and Kato Richardson took three sets, but losing the point, 6-3.
As Vanderbilt's energy dropped, the Tigers pushed to win more sets than they have against a non-HBCU team. However, Vanderbilt continued to win across all courts, leaving the final No. 6 match to be a superset where Mahendru lost 8-5.
MATCH 1 | 9 AM
1. #50 Daniel Valent (VANDY) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) 6-1, 6-0
3. Panu Virtanen (VANDY) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-2, 6-0
4. Tate Allwardt (VANDY) def. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) 6-3, 6-2
5. Alex Ross (VANDY) def. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 6-1, 6-1
6. Adam Sraberg (VANDY) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 8-2
1. Cameron Klinger/Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 6-1
2. George Harwell/Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) def. SLOAN, Larry/RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-0
3. Tate Allwardt/Adam Sraberg (VANDY) def. POPOVIC, Pavle/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6)
MATCH 2 | 12 PM
1. Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-2, 6-1
2. George Harwell (VANDY) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) 6-4, 6-1
3. Panu Virtanen (VANDY) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-0, 6-4
4. Alex Ross (VANDY) def. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) 6-2, 6-1
5. Lachlan McPhee (VANDY) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-0, 6-0
6. Vikram Chari (VANDY) def. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 8-5
1. Lachlan McPhee/Panu Virtanen (VANDY) def. SLOAN, Larry/RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-0
2. Daniel Valent/Baker Newman (VANDY) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 6-3
3. Alex Ross/Vikram Chari (VANDY) def. POPOVIC, Pavle/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,3,2,4,6)