Men's Tennis Off to a Hot Start in Hawaii

Justin Butsch defeated the No. 14 singles player in the nation!
Justin Butsch defeated the No. 14 singles player in the nation!
Kyle Zedaker
Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

HONOLULU, Hawaii— The LSU men’s tennis team got off to a hot start in singles play in the Rainbow Warrior invitational as the Tigers secured five victories Monday morning at the UH Tennis Complex.

The LSU men's tennis players continue action Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. CT against players from Hawaii and will wrap up the tournament against competitors from Duke at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday.

“This was a perfect first day of play,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “We finished the game strong after a slow batch of doubles, and we were able to find some areas of improvement along with some bright spots. Overall, it was great to be competing again.”

The Tigers were unable to come up with a win on the doubles courts as the four pairs went 1-5 against the doubles duos from Ole Miss. However, Justin Butsch, Gabor Csonka, Rafael Wagner and Julian Saborio each secured victories on the singles courts for LSU against opponents from Ole Miss to ignite a spark for the LSU individuals.

Senior Butsch highlighted the singles victories as he notched a 6-4, 6-1 victory against No. 14 Gustav Hansson.

Csonka also recorded a straight-set victory as he recorded a 6-3, 6-0 win against Ricardo Jorge. Wagner defeated Grey Hamilton, 6-3, 6-2, and Saborio took the 6-3, 6-3, win against Robert Mounger.

Saborio also recorded a win against Hawaii’s Chris Cajigan with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

For up-to-date information and behind-the-scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s tennis team on Twitter and Instagram at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.

2017 Rainbow Warrior Invitational
Jan. 9-11 at Honolulu, Hawaii (UH Tennis Complex)

Singles
Justin Butsch (LSU) def. #14 Gustav Hansson (Ole Miss), 6-4, 6-1
Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Ricardo Jorge (Ole Miss), 6-3, 6-0
Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Grey Hamilton (Ole Miss), 6-3, 6-2
Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Robert Mounger (Ole Miss), 6-3, 6-3
Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Chris Cajigan (Hawaii), 6-4, 6-4
Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss0 def. Jordan Daigle (LSU), 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
Fabian Fallert (Ole Miss) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 6-4, 6-2
Zvonimir Babic (Ole Miss) def. Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Doubles
Round One
Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (Ole Miss) def. Jordan Daigle/Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 6-1
Gustav Hansson/Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Justin Butsch/Agie Moreno (LSU), 6-1
Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (Ole Miss) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU), 7-6(5)

Round Two
Gustav Hansson/Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Rafael Wagner/Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 7-5
Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (Ole Miss) def. Justin Butsch/Agie Moreno (LSU), 7-5
Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (Ole Miss), 7-6(6) 

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