The No. 24 LSU men’s tennis team defeated No. 54 South Florida pm Sunday afternoon at W.T. “Dub” Robinson
“I really thought today was our best team performance,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “Our guys are working hard, so they deserve to have so matches like this because it doesn’t get any easier as we go forward.”
The Tigers (3-1) got off to a quick start, easily securing the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.
On Court 3, LSU’s Boris Arias and Olivier Borsos defeated South Florida’s (2-2) pair of Federico Sabogal and Everth Dzib 8-3. Soon after, LSU’s duo of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh topped South Florida’s Ravi Patel and Guillermo De Vilchez 8-2 on court two to secure the doubles point for the Tigers and take a 1-0 lead.
The doubles match between the Tigers’ No. 33 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski and USF’s Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz was left unfinished on Court 1, with South Florida ahead 7-4.
In the singles matches, LSU’s Roger Anderson earned the Tigers’ first singles point of the day by defeating South Florida’s Everth Dzib 6-0, 6-3 on court six, giving LSU a 2-0 lead.
Simpson added to the Tigers’ lead on Court 2, defeating South Florida’s No. 105 Sabogal 6-1, 6-4, extending the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.
“I didn’t know that Sabogal was ranked, actually,” Chris Simpson said. “That probably helped me actually. I struggled last weekend, so I came out and I really just wanted to get a win and get a win for the team as well.”
Mark Bowtell clinched the match for the Tigers on court five, defeating Patel 6-1, 6-3, earning a 4-0 lead and a victory over South Florida.
On court one, the Bulls scored their first point with Pramming defeating Borsos 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, moving the score to 4-1.
The final two singles matches both went to 10-point tiebreakers in their third sets. On Court 4, LSU’s Trinh defeated South Florida’s Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7), increasing the score to 5-1. On Court 3, Szacinski came up short against Gonzalez-Muniz 7-6 (4), 1-6, 0-1 (2).
“To win the first set in all six singles matches really set the tone,” Brown said. “It allowed this match to be a little easier than it could have been because South Florida is a good team.”
LSU hosts a doubleheader Sunday against Rice at 1 p.m., followed by Prairie View at 6 p.m.
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