LSU ousted from tennis tourneys

OXFORD, Miss. — Thiago Pinheiro’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over LSU’s Olivier Borsos on court three eliminated LSU on Thursday in Oxford, Miss., in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Championships.

No. 17 South Carolina 4, No. 20 LSU 3

at Oxford, Miss.

Singles

1. No. 39 Tsvetan Mihov, USC, def. No. 50 Chris Simpson 6-4, 7-5

2. No. 80 Andrew Adams, USC, def. No. 87 Stefan Szacinski 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

3. Thiago Pinheiro, USC, def. Olivier Borsos 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

4. Mark Bowtell, LSU, def. Kyle Koch 7-6, 6-2

5. Boris Arias, LSU, def. Chip Cox 6-4, 6-4

6. Tam Trinh, LSU, def. Harry Menzies 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles

1. No. 14 Chip Cox/Tsvetan Mihov, USC, def. No. 86 Olivier Borsos/Roger Anderson 8-4*

2. No. 72 Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh, LSU, vs. Kyle Koch/Harry Menzies (USC) 6-3, unfinished

3. Andrew Adams/Thiago Pinheiro, USC def. Chris Simpson/Boris Arias 8-3

Notes:

Records: LSU (15-11), South Carolina (18-9)

Order of finish: doubles (3,1); singles (1,5,4,6,3*)

Women’s tennis

NO. 18 Vanderbilt 4, LSU 0: In Starkville, Miss., Vanderbilt eliminated LSU from the SEC tournament in a match that saw singles played first because of the threat of bad weather. Vandy won all four singles matches in two sets and led two others when the matchup ended.

No. 18 Vanderbilt 4, No. 64 LSU 0

Singles

1. No. 59 Lauren Mira (VU) vs. No. 117 Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-1, 5-3, unfinished

2. Courtney Colton (VU) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-2, 6-4

3. No. 91 Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-3, 6-2

4. Marie Casares (VU) vs. Ariel Morton (LSU) 7-6 (7-3), 3-0, unfinished

5. Ashleigh Antal (VU) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-3, 6-1

6. Frances Altick (VU) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-1, 6-3

Notes:

Records—LSU (9-16), Vanderbilt (15-10)

Order of finish—singles (5,3,6,2)

Women’s golf

Tournament starts run at GREYSTONE: The SEC women’s tournament begins a four-year run at the Greystone Country Club Founder’s Club on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. LSU finished seventh a year ago at the Blessings Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

Men’s golf

LSU LOOKING TO IMPROVE: LSU, ranked No. 15, will try to improve on an 11th-place finish at the SEC Championships after ending tied for fourth in 2009 and back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2010 and ’11 when the tournament begins Friday at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.

Alabama, ranked No. 2, is the defending champion.

The 14-team field features five of the top 15, nine of the top 25 and 13 of the top 50 programs in the latest rankings.