Freshman Eric Samuelsson notched his first career win against Lamar
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Men's Tennis to Open SEC Play at South Carolina

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The LSU men’s tennis team travels to No. 19 South Carolina as the Tigers open up conference play at the Carolina Tennis Center at 2 p.m. CT Friday.

Fans can follow the match on Twitter @lsutennis.

Thoughts from Coach Brown
“We have a good opportunity ahead of us this weekend as we compete against two top-20 opponents in South Carolina and Florida to start the SEC schedule,” head coach Jeff Brown said.

The Matchup
LSU currently has a 2-6 record on the season while South Carolina is 10-2.

The Tigers have a 29-10 overall record against the Gamecocks. Last season, LSU defeated South Carolina 4-3 at the LSU Tennis Complex. Seniors Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch each had a win on the singles court to contribute to the Tigers’ win.

Last Time Out
The Tigers earned a season-best five wins on the singles courts against Lamar in their previous match.

Butsch is currently ranked No. 41 in the nation. He earned his fourth win of the dual season with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Lamar’s Nikita Lis. Daigle clinched the match for the Tigers on court one, defeating Michael Feucht, 6-3, 7-6(8) for his third win of the season.

Rafael Wagner and Nikola Samardzic also recorded wins against Lamar on courts three and four, respectively. Freshman Eric Samuelsson notched his first win of his LSU career on court six, taking the win against Benny Schweizer, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Notes on the Gamecocks
South Carolina has two men ranked in singles as Gabriel Friedrich is No. 43 in the ITA rankings and Thomas Mayronne is No. 105.

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.

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