NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The LSU men’s tennis team opened the 2013 fall season today in Nashville, Tenn., at the Currey Tennis Center at the 2013 SEC Fall Classic. The tournament, which is hosted by Vanderbilt, will last through the weekend and the first and second rounds of singles and doubles play were conducted this morning and afternoon.
The highlight of today’s action came in LSU’s second round doubles matchup between Chris Simpson and Boris Arias and the tournament’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai of Kentucky. After taking down Arkansas’ duo of Johan den Toom and Jacob Herndon 8-2 in the first round, the Tigers pair upset the No. 1 pairing 8-6 to advance to the third round. Jomby and Lai are currently ranked No. 4 in the country.
“Chris Simpson and Boris Arias were playing well together at the end of last season, so this was not unexpected,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Overall, the team played hard and we saw some good things.”
LSU’s Simpson, the tournament’s No. 4 singles seed, rolled in his second round matchup 6-0, 6-1 over Arkansas’ Jovan Parlic, advancing to the third round. Simpson will face Texas A&M’s Frankie Colunga tomorrow in the third round.
Sophomore Tam Trinh got off to a fast start in the first round and took down Arkansas’ Pete Thomason 6-1, 6-3. In his second round match, Trinh defeated South Carolina’s Thiago Pinheiro 6-3, 6-4 to move on to the third round where he will square off against Harrison Adams of Texas A&M.
Sophomore Boris Arias had his singles run cut short after losing 6-7, 3-6 to Mississippi State’s Florian Lakat in the second round.
Redshirt freshman John Michael Busch was eliminated from singles after falling to Vanderbilt’s Mason Vierra 3-6, 3-6.
Sophomore Harrison Kennedy was also eliminated following a 6-2, 1-6, 4-6 loss to Ole Miss’ Zach Wilder.
Freshman Justin Butsch was eliminated as well, dropping his match to the tournament’s No. 1 singles seed Jomby of Kentucky 2-6, 3-6.
Andrew Korinek, a newcomer from the University of Texas, was defeated 3-6, 4-6 by Behzad Minavi of Texas A&M to wrap up singles play for the first and second round for the Tigers.
In doubles play, LSU’s duo of Simpson and Arias advanced to the third round after winning their first two matches, including their 8-6 upset victory over No. 1 Jomby and Lai of Kentucky.
LSU’s Korinek and Trinh dealt a 4-8 loss to Auburn’s Lukas Ollert and Dante Saleh in the first round. In their second round match, they were eliminated following a 3-8 loss to South Carolina’s duo of Chip Cox and Kyle Koch.
After receiving a first round bye, the Tigers pair of Busch and Kennedy defeated Texas A&M’s Tito Moreiras and Minavi 8-6 to move on to the third round. The Tigers duo is set to face the tournament’s No. 4 doubles team in Georgia’s pair of Hernus Pieters and Nathan Pasha in the third round tomorrow.
Also receiving a first round bye, LSU’s Perez and Justin Butsch fell 5-8 to South Carolina’s Sam Swank and Andrew Schafer.
The third round of the tournament will be played tomorrow, with Simpson and Trinh competing in singles and the doubles pair of Simpson and Arias looking to carry their momentum into the next round as they will square off against Alabama’s Hayes Brewer and Stuart Kenyon. The doubles duo of Busch and Kennedy will also be in action tomorrow.
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2013 SEC Fall Classic
Third Round – Friday, September 20