STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Adam Baker came through in the clutch for Vanderbilt as his victory in the No. 2 singles match pushed the Commodores past Santa Clara in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.Vanderbilt entered singles play behind 1-0 after dropping the doubles point, but won four of the six singles matches to defeat the Broncos, 4-3.
In doubles action, Baker and Ryan Lipman lost their match on court one, 8-5, to Kyle Dandan and Nichols Vinel. Alex DiValerio and Bryant Salcedo were defeated by the same 8-5 score in the No. 3 match.
Alex Zotov quickly tied the match at 1-1 after picking up a 6-3, 6-0 victory on court six. Santa Clara regained the lead again with a victory in the No. 5 match, but Ryan Lipman evened things up again with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Dandan on court one. Charlie Jones gave the Commodores their first lead of the afternoon after he picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over John Lamble in the No. 3 match.
On court four, Blake Bazarnik won his first set, 6-2, but Nicholas Vinel tied things up with a 6-3 win in the second set. Vinel came out with a victory after posting a 6-1 win in the tiebreaker set, and once again tied the match between Vanderbilt and Santa Clara.
Similar to Bazarnik’s match, Baker won his first set and lost his second, forcing a tiebreaker set. With the third set tied, 6-6, Baker prevailed in the tiebreaker, winning 7-3.
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No. 38 Vanderbilt 4, No. 54 Santa Clara 3
DOUBLES 1) Dandan/Vinel (SC) d. Lipman/Baker (VANDY) 8-5 2) Armengaud/Lamble (SC) led Jones/Zotov (VANDY) aban. 3) Muchynski/Pham (SC) d. DiValerio/Salcedo (VANDY) 8-5 Order of Finish: 1, 3
SINGLES 1) No. 43 Ryan Lipman (VANDY) d. Kyle Dandan (SC) 6-4, 6-3 2) Adam Baker (VANDY) d. Maxime Armengaud (SC) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) 3) Charlie Jones (VANDY) d. John Lamble (SC) 6-3, 6-2 4) Nicholas Vinel (SC) d. Blake Bazarnik (VANDY) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 5) Tom Pham (SC) d. Bryant Salcedo (VANDY) 6-0, 7-6 (7) 6) Alex Zotov (VANDY) d. Kyohhei Kamono (SC) 6-3, 6-0 Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 3, 4, 2