Mississippi State defeats LSU in SEC men’s tennis

Mississippi State scored a 4-1 win over the No. 20 LSU men’s tennis team Wednesday afternoon at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

It is the Tigers’ third loss in their previous 10 matches, and the Bulldogs moved to 6-0 on the road this season.

“It wasn’t our best day from a tennis standpoint,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said after his team dropped to 13-10 overall and 4-7 in Southeastern Conference play. “We really struggled with doubles to find our form.”

Mississippi State improved to 16-7 and 6-5.

The doubles matches were tightly contested, but the Bulldogs pulled away with the doubles point. On court three, Ethan Wilkinson and Pedro Dumont defeated LSU’s Boris Arias and Tam Trinh 8-6. On court one, LSU’s No. 52 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski attempted to mount a comeback against No. 12 Malte Stropp and Jordan Angus, but the Bulldogs earned an 8-6 victory, securing the doubles point for Mississippi State to give them a 1-0 lead over the Tigers.

The doubles match on court two between LSU’s Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos and Mississippi State’s Romain Bogaerts and Zach White was left unfinished with the Tigers leading 7-6.

The first sets for the singles matches were close throughout as four of the six matches went to tiebreakers in the first set, with Mississippi State winning three of them.

“It was a little unfortunate that we lost three out of four tiebreakers and ultimately that was the difference,” Brown said. “If we had gotten three out of four of those then things could have been a little different. It still would have been tough, but ultimately the tiebreakers in singles was the difference.”

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-0 on court five with a 6-2, 6-0 victory by White over Arias.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 3-0 behind a 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory by Dumont over LSU freshman Harrison Kennedy on court six. The Tigers picked up their only point of the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-4 win by No. 104 Szacinski over No. 58 Stropp on court two. This is Szacinski’s eighth straight singles victory.

LSU’s final home match of the season will be a doubleheader Saturday against Arkansas at noon, followed by Jackson State at 5 p.m. It will be Senior Day, and Roger Anderson, Olivier Borsos, Mark Bowtell, Stefan Szacinski, and James Tuberville will be honored during the first match. Admission is free and free pizza and beverages will be provided.