LSU tennis teams learn tourney opponents

OXFORD, Miss. — The No. 20 LSU men’s tennis team will face No. 22 South Carolina to open the Southeastern Conference Championships in Oxford, Miss., at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Tigers (15-10, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) enter the tournament ranked No. 11, while the Gamecocks (17-9, 7-5) hold the No. 6 seed.

LSU has won nine of its past 12 matches, including wins over then-No. 11 Texas A&M, then-No. 7 Ole Miss, and then-No. 6 Tennessee.

“South Carolina did a great job this year and beat us in Columbia, so we know what they are capable of,” coach Jeff Brown said. “They will be ranked top 16 on Tuesday, and we will be top 25, so that makes for a strong first round conference matchup.”

South Carolina dealt LSU a 4-1 loss earlier this season in Columbia, S.C. The Tigers won the doubles point behind victories of Olivier Borsos and Roger Anderson along with Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh, but then dropped four straight singles matches.

Szacinski has an eight-match win streak. Szacinski and Simpson are also the No. 52-ranked doubles team in the nation. Szacinski is also a member of the No. 65-ranked duo with Trinh.

The Gamecocks will look to curtail the Tigers’ efforts behind the play of No. 67. Tsvetan Mihov and No. 102 Andrew Adams.

South Carolina also features two ranked doubles pairs with No. 18 Chip Cox and Mihov and No. 84 Kyle Koch and Harry Menzies.

Women’s tennis

LADY TIGERS GET KENTUCKY IN TOURNEY: The LSU women’s tennis team will take on Kentucky in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Starkville, Miss.

LSU earned the No. 14 seed with an overall 8-15 record while going 1-12 in conference during regular season play.

No. 47 Kentucky is the 11th-seeded team after finishing 13-11 overall and 4-9.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will face sixth-seeded Vanderbilt, the No. 18 team in the nation, in the second round on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers took a 4-3 loss to Kentucky on March 3 at home.

LSU holds a 17-18 overall record against the Wildcats.