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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

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: Fall Sports Special: Falling and Balling

Vanderbilt athletics have been up and down over the last month, with some seasons coming to a close and some starting up.
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Ophelia Lu
Ken Seals cheering his teammates on, as photographed on Nov. 4, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Ophelia Lu)

Over the past month, Vanderbilt football and soccer started wrapping up its fall season while basketball kicked off its new season and baseball hosted the fall David Williams Classic series. Get a glimpse of these October and November games as captured by our cameras.  

Football

Vanderbilt Football hosted Georgia for Family Weekend on Oct. 14, putting up 20 points but ultimately falling to a 20-37 defeat. Continuing in celebrations on campus, the Commodores faced off against Auburn at home but faced stiff competition and the game ended as a 31-15 loss.

Soccer

The soccer team wrapped up its regular conference season with home matchups versus Missouri, Florida and Tennessee. The Commodores took down Missouri 1-0, drew 3-3 against Florida and lost a controversial heartbreaker 1-0 to Tennessee to close out the season.

Baseball

The baseball team began their fall training, playing an 18-inning home exhibition against Wake Forest, dropping the first two 6-inning matchups, but outscoring the Demon Deacons 11-10 overall. The VandyBoys are wrapping up the fall ball season with three intrasquad exhibitions for the David Williams Fall Classic. The team split into Black and Gold teams, with the Gold team winning the first game 3-2.

Men’s Basketball

Vanderbilt men’s basketball opened their season with a small-margin loss to Presbyterian College, struggling to replace Tyrin Lawrence’s offensive output with him injured. The Commodores brought the memorial magic back later in the week with a two-digit lead in the game against USC Upstate. The win streak carried on as the team scored another win against UNC Greensboro 74-40, improving to 2-1 in non-conference games. 

Women’s Basketball

Women’s basketball kicked off their season strong with a 98-51 blowout win over Kennesaw State and soon improved to a 3-0 non-conference streak with a road win against UT Martin and a home win against Fairfield. 

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About the Contributors
Josh Rehders, 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, Deputy Photography Director
Ophelia Lu (’26) 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 Spotify religiously, studying at Starbucks or attempting to make food out of the random things she bought. She can be reached at [email protected].
Geetika Komati, Staff Photographer
Geetika Komati ('26) is majoring in economics and music performance and minoring in business in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Livingston, N.J. Geetika loves photographing sports games and getting in on the live action. Apart from the Hustler, some of Geetika's favorite things are traveling, boxing, and cheering on the New Jersey Devils. She can be reached at [email protected].
Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
Ashley Hofflander, Staff Photographer
Ashley Hofflander (‘27) is from Las Vegas, and is planning on majoring in medicine, health and society with a business minor on the pre-dental track. When not taking photos for The Hustler, she is probably at a coffee shop doing work and listening to music. You can reach her at [email protected].
Alessandra Salvini, Staff Photographer
Alessandra Salvini (‘27) is majoring in political science in the College of Arts and Science. Outside of The Hustler, she loves live music, sports and being outdoors. She can be reached at [email protected].
Royce Yang, Staff Photographer
Royce Yang (‘27) is planning to major in political science in the College of Arts and Science. He can occasionally be observed curating an extensive collection of Bach or attempting to identify helicopters around the Medical Center based on their noise. You can reach him at [email protected].
Barrie Barto, Senior Staff Photographer
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with minors in communication of science & technology and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. Outside of The Hustler, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Nikita Rohila, Deputy Social Media Director
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
Chloe Pryor, Staff Writer and Photographer
Chloe Pryor (‘26) is from Fort Smith, Ark., and is double majoring in psychology and communications studies. When not writing for The Hustler, you can fund her reading, drawing or running late for class. You can reach her at [email protected].
Vince Lin, Staff Photographer and Graphics Staffer
Vince Lin (‘27) is from Zanesville, Ohio, and is majoring in computer science. Vince is a staff photographer and plans on covering sports and concerts. Outside of school, you can find him at the gym, rowing, lifting weights, playing games with friends or sleeping. You can reach him at [email protected].
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