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Men's Tennis Preps for SEC Play at Michigan
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Published: February 20, 2014, 01:40 PM (CT)
Updated: February 21, 2014, 10:29 AM (CT)
by Bria Turner, Student Assistant SID

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 30 LSU men’s tennis team (5-2) travels to Ann Arbor to take on No. 31 Michigan (3-4) at 5 p.m. CT on Friday evening for its last non-conference match before SEC play.

With Friday night’s match, LSU and Michigan will have competed as non-conference opponents four times in the last four years.

“We expect a close, competitive match, and that’s why we’ve maintained this rivalry,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “It’s been a healthy, competitive and fierce rivalry, but it’s respectful.”

LSU leads the dual match series 5-2 after falling to the Wolverines 5-2 in the last meeting on March 17, 2013. Both teams met at the Key Biscayne Invitational in Miami, Fla. in January, and the Tigers finished with a 6-6 overall record against the Wolverines in the tournament.

Both teams are coming off a two-week break and last competed on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Tigers defeated Jackson State 7-0 in Baton Rouge, and the Wolverines’ fell 7-0 to No. 13 Duke.

LSU junior Chris Simpson and sophomore Boris Arias are ranked No. 30 in doubles. Michigan’s ranked teams are No. 13 Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi and No. 55 Shaun Bernstein and Kevin Wong.

LSU will return to the normal dual match-scoring format with Friday’s match and will use it for the rest of the season. Doubles matches will consist of eight-game pro sets, and singles matches will be the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be played to completion.

The match on Friday is the final match before LSU heads into Southeastern Conference play against No. 17 Kentucky on Friday, Feb. 28.

“It’s a good match for us to play in getting ready for the SEC season,” Brown said.

For updates and behind-the-scenes access of the team, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @LSUTennis and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/lsutennis.

 

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