NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's tennis team opened its spring season at Vanderbilt Friday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center.
The Tigers were the second match of the day for the Commodores.
Mid-year transfers Juan Rojas Antezana and Alberto Gonzalez Raton teamed up at number three doubles to take on sophomore Adam Sraberg and senior Alex Ross, falling 6-0 to start the match. One-of-three returners in Stefan Koruga joined Leandros Misdrachis of Larissa, Greece at number two, to drop 6-1, allowing Vandy to clinch the doubles point.
Big Blue fought through singles, Koruga forcing a tiebreaker with Ross at number three, Ross pulling out the victory, 7-6, 6-0. Vanderbilt worked through singles play, clinching the match, undefeated.
"It was a great day of tennis," said assistant coach Kyle Burton. "I'm very proud of the young men. They competed and that's all I can ever ask for. We have great potential to have a great season. We are back to work on Tuesday getting ready to take on Mississippi Valley. We have a lot to learn from this match today."
The Tigers travel to Memphis to take on Mississippi Valley State in a neutral site match, Jan. 25 and 26 at the Whitehaven Tennis Center.
TENNESSEE STATE 0, Vanderbilt 7
1. Maxwell Freeman/Cameron Klinger (VANDY) vs. SLOAN, Larry/KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSUM) 5-1, unfinished
2. Panu Virtanen/Christiaan Worst (VANDY) def. KORUGA, Stefan/MISDRACHIS, Leandros (TSUM) 6-1
3. Alex Ross/Adam Sraberg (VANDY) def. ROJAS ANTEZANA, Juan/GONZALEZ RATON, Alberto (TSUM) 6-0
1. Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) def. KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSUM) 6-0, 6-0
2. Christiaan Worst (VANDY) def. MISDRACHIS, Leandros (TSUM) 6-1, 6-3
3. Alex Ross (VANDY) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 7-6, 6-0
4. Adam Sraberg (VANDY) def. ROJAS ANTEZANA, Juan (TSUM) 6-3, 6-1
5. Jack Lee (VANDY) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-1, 6-1
6. Vikram Chari (VANDY) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,5,2,4,3,6)