Daigle Notches Win; Tennis Falls to No. 18 Kentucky
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE —No. 47 Jordan Daigle notched his third consecutive win against a ranked opponent, defeating No. 28 William Bushamuka, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, on court one as LSU fell, 5-2, against Kentucky Friday night at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the loss, LSU falls to 2-9 on the season and 0-3 in conference play while Kentucky improves to 11-5, 2-1 in the SEC.
Coach Brown on the Match
“We started off with a strange bit of momentum, having been down 5-2 on the No. 2 doubles court and coming all the way back to take the doubles point,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “It was a good thing when it happened. It’s something that we can capitalize on, and we did.
“We had a little bit of a delay with the rain, and we came indoor. We were able to keep the momentum and win three first sets, but Kentucky responded really well in those matches. Jordan (Daigle) was able to finish his, but we had some leads. Justin (Butsch), who has had a great year and has done a great job of finishing those types of matches, was up a set 4-1, and unfortunately, left a bunch a deuce points. Gabor (Csonka) was up 2-0, and Nikola (Samardzic) had a break in the third. Obviously, we had some opportunities. I thought the energy was good tonight, and it’s something that we can continue to work with to get ready for Sunday.”
Kentucky took a quick 6-1 win on court three as Gus Benson and William Bushamuka defeated Rafael Wagner and Nikola Samardzic. On court one, Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch had a convincing 6-3 victory against Beck Pennington and Enzo Wallert as the doubles point fell in court two’s hands. After falling behind early, Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio fought to notch the match at 5-5 and eventually defeated Trey Yates and Ryotaro Matsumura, 7-5.
The Wildcats notched the match at 1-1 after Beck Pennington defeated Rafael Wagner in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, on court three.
Kentucky took the 2-1 lead after Agie Moreno fell to Jake Stefanik, 6-2, 6-2, on court six.
No. 47 Daigle defeated his third consecutive ranked opponent on court one, taking a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 win, against No. 28 William Bushamuka.
Yates gave the Tigers the 3-2 lead after forcing Csonka into a third set on court four. He defeated the junior, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6.
The Wildcats clinched the match on court five after Nikola Samardzic fell in three sets to Enzo Wallart, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
On court two, Justin Butsch defeated Ryotaro Matsumura in the first set, 6-3. However, the senior fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, as No. 25 Matsumura took the win.
The Tigers have a triple-header Sunday beginning with Vanderbilt at 11:30 a.m. CT. LSU will then take on Alcorn State in two matches beginning at 3 p.m. CT and 5 p.m. CT.
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March 10, 2017 #18 Kentucky vs. LSU at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1. No. 47 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. No. 28 William Bushamuka (UK), 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
2. No. 25 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. No. 43 Justin Butsch (LSU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Beck Pennington (UK) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Trey Yates (UK) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Enzo Wallert (UK) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 6-2, 2-6, 2-6
6. Jake Stefanik (UK) def. Agie Moreno (LSU), 6-2, 6-2
1. Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. No. 70 Beck Pennington/Enzo Wallert (UK), 6-3
2. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Trey Yates (UK), 7-5
3. Will Bushamuka/Gus Benson (UK) def. Rafael Wagner/Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 6-1
Order of Finish:
Singles: 3, 6, 1, 4, 5, 2
Doubles: 3, 1, 2