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Men’s Tennis: ‘Dores dominate doubleheader

Vanderbilt swept Belmont and Butler at home on Sunday.
Chloe Kim
Vanderbilt tennis player prepares to serve, as photographed on Jan. 21, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Chloe Kim)

On Sunday, Vanderbilt Men’s Tennis played a doubleheader at home against Belmont and Butler. In the first dual match, Vanderbilt took care of Belmont 6-1, albeit with a few close games. In the second dual match, Vanderbilt swept Butler 7-0 in an incredibly dominant performance.


Vanderbilt began its dual match against Belmont, securing the doubles point with two consecutive wins. Vanderbilt’s Joubert Klopper and Michael Ross were first to win, taking down Belmont’s Ian Cruz and Tomas Luis 6-2. Danil Panarin and Hugo Coquelin’s win came not long after, giving Vanderbilt the doubles point with a 6-4 victory against Gabriel Sardo and Niklas von Hellens. No. 59 Jeremie Casabon and Nathan Cox were up 6-5 against Diego Castro and Alfred Wallin when the match was terminated.

Vanderbilt went 5-1 in single’s play, ensuring a dominant 6-1 victory over Belmont. All five of Vanderbilt’s singles wins came in straight sets, as Panarin defeated Wallin 6-0, 6-4; Joubert Klopper brought down Luis 6-2, 6-2; Cox bested Castro 6-4, 6-4; Jeremie Casabon beat von Hellens 6-4, 6-4; and Coquelin defeated Ruben Busch 6-3, 6-3. Belmont’s sole victory of the day came when Cruz beat Vanderbilt’s Juan Lopez in three sets 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 1-0 (10-3).


Vanderbilt started its sweep against Butler with Ross and Klopper defeating Butler’s Patrick Joss and Rahulniket Konakanchi, 6-2, for the first doubles win. No. 59 Cox and Casabon defeating Butler’s Alvaro Huete Vadillo and Nicolas Arts, 6-2, for the second doubles win, securing the doubles point. Panarin/Coquelin were up 4-3 on Butler’s Nicholas Balthazor and Nicholas Shirley when doubles matches finished.

Vanderbilt finished its sweep against Butler with six straight singles wins, all in straight sets. Panarin beat Huete Vadillo 6-2, 6-1; Klopper beat Arts 6-4, 6-1; Cox beat Konakanchi 6-3, 6-2; Casabon beat Joss 6-0, 6-1. Alexandre Hillhouse and Connor Robb-Wilcox, who both had not played in recent dual matches, took home easy wins against Belmont’s Arnesh Singh 6-1, 6-1 and Balthazor 6-3, 6-1 respectively.

Really proud of how the team responded after our first match and how they came out against Butler,” head coach Scott Brown said after the matches.”We could’ve been better from an engagement and energy standpoint on certain courts, and that’s something we addressed between matches and the guys responded.”

“I’d like to give credit and call out Jeremie Casabon. He’s done a terrific job these last few weeks leading by example, and that showed today on and off the court,” Brown said of his senior standout.

Vanderbilt Men’s Tennis will play next when it hosts Northwestern and Michigan State on Saturday, Feb. 17.

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Chloe Kim
Chloe Kim, Staff Writer and Photographer
Chloe Kim (‘26) is majoring in Psychology with a minor in computer science and Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. She is on the club tennis team and likes to write poetry and short stories in her free time. In addition to writing, Chloe loves to draw and take photographs for The Hustler! She can be reached at [email protected].
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