Daigle Clinches as Men's Tennis Defeats Lamar
Communications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE— Senior Jordan Daigle defeated Lamar’s Michael Feucht on court one in a second set tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6(8), Tuesday night to clinch the Tigers’ first home victory of the season as the LSU defeated Lamar, 5-2, at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU snapped Lamar’s three-match win streak to improve to 2-6 on the season while Lamar fell to 6-4.
Coach Brown on the Match
“A win is nice,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “The doubles point wasn’t what we wanted, but we felt like we were going to have a good outing in singles. That was very important.”
“Lamar was a very tough matchup for us last year, so we weren’t taking them for granted. When you need a win as badly as we did, you don’t take anyone for granted. We are hoping to build off of this. A lot of guys were able to get wins tonight, five singles guys, which was important for us going into South Carolina and Florida this weekend.”
On court one, in their first match of the season together, Daigle and Julian Saborio fell 6-4 to Jeandre Hoogenboezam and Nikita Lis. Rafael Wagner and Nikola Samardzic pushed their match into a tiebreaker on court three, but Juuso Laitinen and Logan Powell defeated the Tiger duo 7-6(2) as Lamar took the 1-0 lead.
On court two, Justin Butsch secured a convincing win, 6-2, 6-1 against Lis as LSU tied it up at 1-1.
Wagner gave the Tigers the 2-1 lead after defeated Jeandre Hoogenboezam in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
LSU extended its lead to 3-1 after Nikola Samardzic took the 6-4, 6-4, win against Sebastian Santibanez on court four.
Daigle clinched the match on court one, 6-3, 7-6(8) against Feucht to secure the Tiger victory and make the score 4-1.
Jusson Laitinen defeated Gabor Csonka on court five, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to cut the score to 4-2 Tigers.
Eric Samuelsson put an exclamation point on the Tigers win with a come-from-behind win, defeating Benny Schweizer on court six, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The Tigers will open up conference play on the road against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. at the Carolina Tennis Center Friday, March 3 at 2 p.m. CT. After, the Tigers will travel to Gainesville, Florida and will face the Gators Sunday, March 5 at 12 p.m. CT at the Ring Tennis Complex.
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Feb. 28 Lamar vs. LSU at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1. Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Michael Feucht (Lamar), 6-3, 7-6(8)
2. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Nikita Lis (Lamar), 6-2, 6-1
3. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Jeandre Hoogenboezam (Lamar), 6-3, 6-2
4. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Sebastian Santibanez (Lamar), 6-4, 6-4
5. Jusson Latienen (Lamar) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
6. Eric Samuelsson (LSU) def. Benny Schweizer (Lamar), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
1. Jeandre Hoogenboezam/Nikita Lis (Lamar) def. Jordan Daigle/Julian Saborio (LSU), 6-4
2. Michael Fucht/Benny Schweizer (Lamar) vs. Justin Butsch/Gabor Csonka (LSU), 6-5 unf.
3. Juuson Laitinen/Logan Powell (Lamar) def. Rafael Wagner/Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 7-6(2)
Order of Finish:
Singles: 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, 6
Doubles: 1, 3