No. 43 Butsch Clinches as Tennis Beats Vanderbilt
Communications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE —No. 43 Justin Butsch fell in the first set but fought back to defeat Baker Newman on court two, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 as the LSU men’s tennis team defeated Vanderbilt 4-3 for its first SEC win of the season Sunday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU improves to 3-9 on the season and 1-3 in conference play while Vanderbilt falls to 9-7 and 1-3 in the SEC.
Coach Brown on the Match
“Certainly we have to get some wins to move up in the rankings, be around No. 43 and sit at .500 at the end of it all,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Vanderbilt was like the culmination of something that felt we should have gotten earlier, either at South Carolina or at Florida or against Kentucky. We thought we should have gotten some of those, but we didn’t. However, we did get Vanderbilt in what was a big match for us.”
The Tigers took the doubles point with wins on courts one and two to earn the 1-0 lead moving into singles play. Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch defeated Lachlan McPhee and Billy Rowe, 6-3 on court one, and Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio took a 6-3 win against Alex Ross and Pen Binet on court two.
Vanderbilt tied the match at 1-1 after Lachlan McPhee took a 6-2, 6-2 win from Rafael Wagner on court three.
No. 47 Daigle took a straight-set 6-2, 6-2 win against Daniel Valent on court one to notch his fifth straight win on court one and give LSU the 2-1 lead.
With Alex Ross’ 6-4 7-5 win on court six against Eric Samuelsson, the Commodores tied the match at 2-2.
After dropping the first set in the tiebreaker, 7-6(2), Nikola Samardzic bounced back to force a third set and eventually defeated Panu Virtanen, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3 as LSU snagged the 3-2 lead on court five.
Butsch’s 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win on court two clinched the match for the Tigers as they had the 4-2 advantage against Vanderbilt.
On court four, Csonka fell to Billy Rowe in a tiebreaker in the third set to finalize the match score at 4-3 LSU.
The Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
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March 12, 2017 #27 Vanderbilt vs. LSU at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1 No. 47 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Daniel Valent (VU), 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 43 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Baker Newman (VU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Lachlan McPhee (VU) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Billy Rowe (VU) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6)
5. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Panu Virtanen (VU), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3
6. Alex Ross (VU) def. Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 6-4, 7-5
1. Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Lachlan McPhee/Billy Rowe (VU), 6-3
2. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Alex Ross/Pen Binet (VU), 6-3
3. Baker Newman/Daniel Valent (VU) def. Rafael Wagner/Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 6-1
Order of Finish:
Singles: 3, 1, 6, 5, 2, 4
Doubles: 3, 1, 2