Butsch Clinches 4-3 Win Against USF
Communications Student Assistant
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Justin Butsch clinched the match with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory against No. 77 Peter Bertran on court two as LSU defeated No. 24 South Florida Saturday morning to advance to the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Championship at the Ring Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU improves to 1-1 on the season, while USF falls to 0-1.
Coach Brown on the Close Match
"For being so early in the year, our team really played together in a sense of how hard they fought to play as a team," head coach Jeff Brown said. "The matches that we played were won with a lot of heart.
"This young team really grew up today, and we were excited to see the growth out there. We still have a lot of learning to do from this match, but we are glad that we get to growth with a win against a ranked opponent."
USF took the doubles point to get off to an early 1-0 lead. Peter Bertran and Justin Robers defeated Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio, 6-2, on court two. Freshman duo Rafael Wagner and Eric Samuelsson notched their second victory together on court three, defeating Alberto Barroso-Campos and Jakub Wojcik, 6-4. On court one, Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch pushed it to a tiebreaker after falling behind early. However, Sasha Gozun and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy pieced together the 7-6(5) victory.
Daigle won his second consecutive match on court one as he defeated Gozun in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to tie the match at 1-1.
LSU extended its lead to 2-1 as Nikola Samardzic won a hard-fought battle on court three as he took the win against Justin Roberts, 6-4, 7-6(3).
Freshman Wagner fell 4-6 in the first set to Pierre Luquet on court five but was able to edge out the win as he took the next two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
USF then, notched two wins on courts six and four to tie the match at 3-3. Kalyuzhnyy defeated freshman Agie Moreno, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, and Gabor Csonka fell in a three set contest, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to Barroso-Campos.
Senior Butsch clinched the match in a two hour and 30 minute fight on court two against No. 77 Bertran. With his 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory, Butsch recorded his eighth career victory against a ranked opponent.
The Tigers will take on Florida at 10 a.m. CT Sunday in the ITA Kick-Off Championship. LSU is 28-29-1 all time against the Gators. Fans can follow the match online at lsustats.com or on Twitter @lsutennis.
LSU will open its home slate on Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. CT against Santa Clara at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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.
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Jan. 28 at Gainesville, Fla. (Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex)
1. Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF), 6-3, 6-3
2. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. No. 77 Peter Bertran (USF), 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
3. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Justin Roberts (USF), 604, 7-6(3)
4. Alberton Barroso-Campos (USF) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
5. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Pierre Luquet (USF), 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Agie Moreno (LSU), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
1. Sasha Gozun/Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU), 7-6(5)
2. Peter Bertran/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU), 6-2
3. Rafael Wagner/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) def. Alberto Barroso-Campos/Jakub Wojcik (USF), 6-4
Order of Finish:
Singles: 1, 3, 5, 6, 4, 2
Doubles: 2, 3, 1