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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: September Sports Special, Part 2

Showcasing our favorite sports moments on home turf, in photos.
Josh Rehders
The Vanderbilt Soccer team huddles before their match, as captured on Sept. 18, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Vanderbilt sports are off and running (and jumping, swinging and hitting…), and The Hustler Multimedia section has been right there alongside them. Between our staff dodging referees, players and balls alike, take a look at some of our favorite moments they captured.


After starting the season undefeated, Vanderbilt soccer lost to LSU in their SEC opener on Sept. 18. The Tigers seized control of the game early, but the Commodores managed to equalize the score to 1-1 at the half. 

Vanderbilt showed promise at the beginning of the second half, but LSU fought back, scoring in the 57th minute and winning the game 2-1. “Our kids put out what they could, but in SEC games, you need to have composure and a bit of discipline,” head coach Darren Ambrose said after the game. 

The following week, Vanderbilt found that composure and earned their first SEC win of the season against Kentucky. Their defense, which struggled the week prior, remained impenetrable for most of the night, even Vandy cemented a solid two-goal lead at the 50-minute mark. Coming off this win, the ‘Dores sought to keep momentum as faced Missouri on the road on Sept. 25.

Baseball: Smashville edition

The Vanderbilt Commodores  and Nashville Predators had a crossover on Sept. 10 that we didn’t know we needed. In the inaugural charity Smashville Showdown, an all-star crew of athletes assembled for a home run derby and softball game. 

The two teams (appropriately named Team Smash and Team Ville) had rosters mixed with Predators and VandyBoys alike. They battled for supremacy and drew a sizeable crowd to raise money for the Vandy United Fund, the Predators Foundation and several local charities.

Men’s tennis

Vanderbilt played its first tournament of the season at the newly-renamed Lummis Family Tennis Center the weekend of Sept. 23-25. Three members of the program went undefeated on Friday, carrying the team momentum into a rainy but successful Saturday. First-year Paul Wang defeated Georgia Tech’s Elias Shokry in a gritty 3 sets and later fell to teammate and fellow first-year Mitchell Deames. Marcus Ferreira advanced to his singles bracket final, and the tandem of Michael Ross and Nathan Cox earned a spot in the doubles championship match after a long rain delay.

Junior Jeremie Casabon defeated Justin Schlageter of Oklahoma on Sunday to win the Pete Sampras Draw Consolation Bracket. Casabon joined with Conner Robb-Wilcox to trigger a tiebreaker over a pair from Ole Miss and eventually win the doubles blue bracket. The Commodores return to the court on Oct. 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the ITA All-American Championship.

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About the Contributors
Arianna Santiago
Arianna Santiago, Senior Staff Photographer
Arianna Santiago ('24) is from Bremerton, Wash., and studying electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering. When not shooting for The Hustler or for freelance work, Arianna can be found leading campus tours, organizing events for University Catholic, attempting to study and procrastinating her lab reports. You can reach her at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Lindsey Jorda
Lindsey Jorda, Former Social Media Director
Lindsey Jorda (‘23) is double majoring in neuroscience and psychology in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, she loves reading, listening to music, watching movies and playing with her dog. She can be reached at [email protected].
Nour Abida
Nour Abida, Staff Photographer
Nour Abida ('25) is majoring in political science and medicine, health and society with a minor in Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Tunis, Tunisia. You can reach her at [email protected].
Anseley Philippe
Anseley Philippe, Staff Writer and Photographer
Anseley Philippe ('25) is a potential biomedical engineering and Spanish double-major who aspires to be an immunologist. Outside of The Hustler, he can be found queuing up at 2301, wandering around campus during his evening promenades or trying to keep up with his Spanish. He can be reached at [email protected].
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