LSU tennis teams to open SEC play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU men’s and women’s tennis teams open Southeastern Conference play Friday against Vanderbilt.

The 39th-ranked LSU men travel to Nashville, Tenn., to play No. 25 Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Center, while the Lady Tigers host No. 12 Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. Friday at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

“Vanderbilt is a strong team and they have had extreme early success this season,” men’s coach Jeff Brown said. “We’re looking forward to the start of SEC play and we’re ready for the challenge.”

The Tigers are coming off a 1-1 weekend after their doubleheader in Columbus, Ohio. LSU fell to No. 7 Ohio State 7-0 and defeated Wright State 6-1.

Vanderbilt is riding a four-match win streak and has won eight of its past nine matches.

LSU (5-2) went 5-6 last season in SEC play, and the competition is just as arduous this year. Seven SEC teams are currently ranked in the Top 25, four of which are in the Top 10.

The Tigers are 45-16-1 all-time when facing the Commodores (9-3).

LSU and Vanderbilt met last year in Baton Rouge where the Tigers overpowered the Commodores 6-1.

The Lady Tigers open SEC play coming off a pair of sweeps of Nicholls State and Grambling on Saturday.

Freshman Ella Taylor got two 6-0 victories, and the doubles pair of seniors Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger extended their winning streak to five, posting two 8-0 victories.

LSU holds a 14-21 record against the Commodores (7-4).

Track and field

TIGERS SET FOR LAST-CHANCE MEETS: LSU athletes who haven’t earned a berth in the Indoor Track & Field Championships have one last chance to do so this weekend by competing in at LSU’s NCAA Indoor Qualifier and Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

LSU’s qualifier begins 2 p.m. Friday with an afternoon session at Carl Maddox Field House. An evening session starts at 6:10 p.m.

Six LSU athletes will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational at South Bend, Ind., on Friday and Saturday at Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center.

The Top 16 performers in each individual event and the top 12 relay teams in both the 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay can gain entry to the Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.