Simpson, Arias advance in Southern Regional tennis

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — LSU’s doubles pair of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias won both of their matches Saturday to reach the semifinals of the ITA Southern Regional men’s tennis tournament Saturday at the University of Alabama varsity courts.

“They guys played at a high level once they were down 5-0 in the first match,” LSU assistant coach Danny Bryan said. “(Sunday), the competition will be stronger, and we can’t afford to start slow.”

Trailing 5-0 to Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid of Mississippi State in the round of 16 in the morning, Simpson and Arias fought back to send the match to a tiebreaker. The LSU duo dominated the tiebreaker 7-2 to win the match 8-7.

In the quarterfinals, Simpson and Arias shut out Carl Alberton and William Huyton of Louisiana-Lafayette 8-0.

Simpson and Arias face Auburn’s Joseph Van Dooren Dan Cochrane at 10 a.m. Sunday.

In the singles quarterfinals, Ole Miss’s William Kallberg swept Simpson 6-3, 7-5.

“Chris did some good things today, but ultimately Kallberg played too good,” Bryan said.

ITA Southern Regional

Saturday

Doubles third round

Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Florian Lakat/Tassilo Schmid (Mississippi State) 8-7 (2)

Doubles quarterfinals

Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Carl Alberton/William Huyton (Louisiana-Lafayette) 8-0

Singles quarterfinals

No. 65 William Kallberg (Ole Miss) def. No. 29 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 7-5

Sunday

Doubles semifinals

Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) vs. Joseph Van Dooren/Dan Cochrane (Auburn), 10 a.m.

Women’s golf

NISTRUP IN SECOND AT TAR HEEL INVITATIONAL: In Chapel Hill, N.C., LSU freshman Caroline Nistrup shot a second-round 5-under-par 67 Saturday to move into second place of the Lady Tar Heel Invitational.

Nistrup, at 4-under 140 after two rounds, is tied for second, three shots behind Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey. Duke’s Laetitia Beck is also at 140.

The LSU team posted a 10-over-par round of 298 Saturday and is in 15th at 17-over 593 for two rounds. Duke leads with a 8-under 568.

The final round begins Sunday morning. Live scoring can be followed at LSusports.net.

Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational

Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday

Second round

Team Results (Par 288-576): 1. Duke 286-282 – 568 -8; 2. Alabama 299-281 – 580; 3. Oklahoma 292-290 – 582; 4. Vanderbilt 285-299 – 584; 4. Clemson 297-287 – 584; 6. Ole Miss 292-293 – 585; 7. Florida 298-288 – 586 +10; 8. Arkansas 296-291 – 587; 9. Wake Forest 297-292 – 589; 9. North Carolina 297-292 – 589; 11. NC State 293-297 – 590; 11. South Carolina 299-291 – 590 +14. Michigan State 300-292 – 592; 15. LSU 295-298 – 593; 16. Virginia 301-294 – 595; 17. Notre Dame 305-294 – 599; 18. Baylor 304-305 – 609.

Top individuals (Par 72-144): 1. Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson, 68-69 – 137 -7; 2. Laetitia Beck, Duke, 69-71 – 140 -4; 2. Caroline Nistrup, LSU, 73-67 – 140 -4; 4. Justine Dreher, South Carolina, 70-71 – 141 -3; 4. Celine Boutier, Duke, 73-68 – 141 -3.

LSU scores: T2. Caroline Nistrup 73-67 – 140 -4; T58. Lindsay Gahm 75-76 – 151; T66. Madelene Sagstrom 72-80 – 152; T81. Ali Lucas 75-80 – 155; T85. Carly Ray Goldstein 81-75 – 156.

Volleyball

LSU hosts Mississippi State on Sunday: The LSU volleyball team will cap a busy week with its third match in five days when the Tigers host Mississippi State at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Live video and stats are available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live.

Admission is free compliments of the Advocate’s “Geaux Free” program.

Earlier this week, LSU (12-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) rallied for a five-set win over Texas A&M, followed by a four-set win over Ole Miss.

Mississippi State (9-8, 0-3) is led by Kimmy Gardiner (3.98 kills, 2.56 digs) and Taylor Scott (2.74 kills, 3.31 digs). Roxanne McVey adds 5.62 digs.

“(The Bulldogs) are going to come in with a point to prove,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “There is no question about it. They are an outside oriented team. They have some nice dynamic outsides (who) hit some shots that we are really going to have to prepare for. I think they are a dangerous team in our league. They might not have the record walking in the door, but that team is going to get on fire at some point. We are going to have to start well and finish well to win this match.”

LSU’s Malorie Pardo had her streak of seven straight double-doubles end in the Ole Miss match. She is 31 assists from becoming the fifth player in LSU history to reach 3,000 for her career.