AUBURN, Ala. - LSU men's tennis senior Roger Anderson will compete for the consolation singles title after winning two matches Saturday at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional at Auburn's Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Anderson defeated fellow Tiger Joe Hill, 6-4, 6-4, in the third round, and he followed up by knocking off UAB's Chris Helliar, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. He was set to face Troy's Anas Rouchdi in the semifinals Sunday, but Rouchdi was forced to withdraw the match due to injury.
"Roger got a couple wins and is continuing to gain confidence," LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. "He is playing well right now and hopefully can take home the consolation title tomorrow."
Anderson paired with Tam Trinh to defeat Troy's Sami Ghorbel and Andre Stabile, 8-6, in the main draw doubles third round, but the duo could not maintain the momentum in the quarterfinal, falling 8-1 to No. 41 Malte Stropp and Jordan Angus of Mississippi State.
No. 58 Chris Simpson fell to Mississippi State's Romain Bogaerts, 6-4, 6-2, in the main draw quarterfinals, and he and Stefan Szacinski dropped their third-round doubles match, 8-3, to Mississippi State's James Chaudry and Stefen Vinti.
"It was a tough day today," Brown said. "Chris ran into a tough opponent who is playing well, but overall we have played a ton of matches and gotten a lot of input we can use going forward.
"We will get back to the practice courts this week and get ready for the last tournament of the fall in College Station."
Anderson will square off against either Johan Backstrom of Ole Miss or Zach White of Mississippi State in the consolation final on Sunday.
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USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
Auburn, Ala. - Yarbrough Tennis Center
Main Draw Singles - Quarterfinal Round
Romain Bogaerts (Mississippi State) def. #58 (7) Chris Simpson (LSU), 6-4, 6-2
Main Draw Doubles - Third Round
(8) Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Sami Ghorbel/Andre Stabile (Troy), 8-6
James Chaudry/Stefen Vinti (Mississippi State) def. (3) Chris Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU), 8-3
Consolation Singles - Quarterfinal Round
Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Chris Helliar (UAB), 6-3, 6-2
Consolation Singles - Semifinal Round
Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Anas Rouchdi (Troy), walkover
Consolation Singles - Final Round
Roger Anderson (LSU) vs. Johan Backstrom (Ole Miss) OR Zach White (Mississippi State)
Oct. 20 - Main Draw Singles Quarterfinals & Doubles Third Round/Quarterfinals; Consolation Singles Third Round/Quarterfinals
Oct. 21 - Main Draw Singles & Doubles Semifinals; Singles Consolation Semifinals/Championship