LSU men’s tennis playing in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU men’s tennis team is back in action this week as they travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the SEC Fall Classic at the Currey Tennis Center. The tournament is hosted by Vanderbilt and starts Thursday and lasts through Sunday.

All 12 Southeastern Conference schools are in the tournament. A champion from each draw (singles, doubles and singles consolation) will be crowned.

The first two rounds will be played Thursday, with the third and fourth rounds being Friday. The quarterfinals will be Saturday with and the semifinals and finals on Sunday.

“This is one of the top five best fields of the year with every SEC team represented,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “Our team will understand the level we will have this year in conference play after this event.”

LSU junior Chris Simpson, ranked No. 29 in the ITA preseason singles poll, will be the No. 4 singles seed and has a first-round bye. He will face off against Jovan Parlic of Arkansas in the second round.

Also competing for LSU in singles will be Boris Arias, who also received a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Mississippi State’s Florian Lakat and Kentucky’s Kevin Lai. Harrison Kennedy will take on Ole Miss’ Zach Wilder in the first round.

Eric Perez has a first-round bye and will play Auburn’s Lukas Ollert in the second round. Andrew Korinek has a bye in the first round and will face the winner of Arkansas’ Santiago Munoz and Texas A&M’s Behzad Minavi.

Justin Butsch also received a first-round bye and will take on Kentucky’s Tom Jomby, the No. 1 singles seed. Tam Trinh will play Arkansas’ Pete Thomason in the first round. John Michael Busch will face Vanderbilt’s Mason Vierra in the first round.

For doubles, the Tigers have four pairings: Simpson and Arias, Trinh and Korinek, Kennedy and Busch and Butsch and Perez.


‘Friday Night Meal Deal’ BEGINS with Georgia Match: With the start of SEC action closing in, the volleyball team will offer a “Friday Night Meal Deal” for the third straight season, beginning with the Tigers SEC opener versus Georgia on Sept. 27 at the Maravich Center.

Fans already receive free admission to every home match courtesy of the Advocate’s “Geaux Free” program for the 2013 season.

LSU concessions has put together a special dinner leading into the program’s five SEC Friday matches which include Georgia (Sept. 27), Ole Miss (Oct. 11), Missouri (Oct. 25), Florida (Nov. 1) and Auburn (Nov. 15). Price of the meal is $7, fans also receive a drink and popcorn concessions coupon with their purchase.

The “Friday Night Meal Deal” will be available starting at 6 p.m. inside the Courtside Club, which is located at the Northwest Corridor entrance of the arena. Fans can reserve their meals in advance by emailing with the quantity of meals and names. The Friday Night Meal Deal will be available to walk-up customers, but on a cash-only basis while supplies last.

Swimming and Diving

2013-14 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: The swimming and diving program released its 2013-14 schedule Wednesday.

Fans will have the chance to see the Tigers in action seven times this season at the LSU Natatorium against Georgia, Arkansas, Tulane, Auburn, SMU, Oklahoma Baptist and Texas A&M. Admission to LSU swimming and diving home meets is free.

The men’s team returns five members who qualified for the NCAA Championships, including NCAA All-American Honorable Mention swimmer Frank Greeff. The women’s team also returns five members who qualified for the NCAA championships, highlighted by SEC Freshmen Diver of the Year and two-time NCAA honorable mention diver Cassie Weil.

The entire team begins the season in the annual Purple and Gold intrasquad meet Sept. 27.

The Tigers will go on to host four straight home meets beginning with Georgia on Friday, Oct.18. The Lady Bulldogs are the defending NCAA national champions and the men’s team placed 10th at NCAA Championships last season.