Men's Tennis Falls to Dartmouth, 4-3
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team notched three wins on the singles courts but it was not enough as Dartmouth took a 4-3 victory against the Tigers Tuesday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 5-11 on the season while Dartmouth improves to 6-9.
Coach Brown on the Match
“We knew going into the match that Dartmouth was going to be a difficult doubles point for us,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “We unfortunately had to come back from 1-0, but I thought that was very doable. However, we didn’t get great performances in a few spots.”
“I didn’t like the energy out there. You could kind of sense it from some of them. We were able to close out some matches very easily, but you need four.”
Dartmouth clinched the doubles point after the Tigers dropped contests on both courts one and two. Roko Glasnovic and Diego Pedraza trailed Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch on court one but eventually pulled ahead to defeat the senior duo, 6-4. On court two, Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio fell to George Wall and David Horneffer, 7-5.
On court one, Daigle worked a quick, 6-0, 6-1, win against Ciro Riccardi and tied the match at 1-1.
Butsch gave the Tigers the 2-1 lead after defeating Max Fliegner, 6-1, 6-3, on court two.
The Big Green knotted the match at 2-2 after David Horneffer took a 6-3, 6-2 win on court four against Csonka.
After fighting to put the first set in a tiebreaker, Rafael Wagner fell short on court three and dropped in two sets, 7-6, 6-0 by Charlie Broom, and the Tigers trailed 3-2.
In one of his best matches of the year, Agie Moreno put up a valiant effort on court six to tie the match at 3-3. The freshman defeated Diego Pedraza in back-to-back sets, 6-4, 6-3 as the deciding point fell upon court five.
Nikola Samardzic fell behind in the first set 6-3 against George Wall and fought to take the 3-0 lead in the second set. However, Wall pushed the match into a second set tiebreaker and clinched the match for the Big Green with a 7-6(3) second set win.
The Tigers will travel to Georgia on Thursday to take on the No. 14 Bulldogs at 5 p.m. CT. ESPN3 will be televising the match with Jeff Dantzler handling play-by-play and Jasmine Minor as the analyst.
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March 21, Dartmouth vs. LSU at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1. Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Ciro Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-0, 6-1
2. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Max Fliegner (Dartmouth), 6-1, 6-3
3. Charlie Broom (Dartmouth) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 7-6, 6-0
4. David Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 6-3, 6-2
5. George Wall (Dartmouth) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 6-3, 7-6(3)
6. Agie Moreno (LSU) def. Diego Pedraza (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-3
1. Roko Glasnovic/Diego Pedraza (Dartmouth) def. Daigle/Butsch (LSU), 6-4
2. George Wall/David Horneffer def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio 7-5
3. Agie Moreno/Rafael Wagner v. Charlie Broom/Max Fliegner, 6-6, unf.
Order of Finish:
Singles: 1, 2, 4, 3, 6, 5
Doubles: 1, 2