LSU's Justin Butsch
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Men's Tennis Falls to No. 8 Texas A&M

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

BATON ROUGE-- The LSU men's tennis team won a hard fought doubles point to take the 1-0 lead against No. 8 Texas A&M, but the Tigers were unable to hold on to the lead and eventually fell 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 5-13 and 1-6 in conference play on the season while Texas A&M improves to 14-3, 7-0.

Coach Brown on the Match
“We are following through with some good doubles points to get things started,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Our margin of error is a little small right now with a couple of injuries that we have in the singles lineup. The doubles point gave us a chance, and we had three close sets and another small possibility on one of the other courts.

“However, their singles lineup is very strong, and Texas A&M was able to get some easy wins on a few courts, which is a recipe for a quick turnaround. Unfortunately on court one, we weren’t quite able to get that first set or else we may have put a little more pressure on them.”

Doubles Point
The Tigers got off to a hot start in doubles play, taking hard fought matches on courts one and three to secure the doubles point.

On court one, senior duo Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch defeated AJ Cantazariti and Arthur Rinderknech, 6-3.

Freshman pair Agie Moreno and Eric Samuelsson worked to take a 6-4 win from Jordi Arconada and Hady Habib on court three to give LSU momentum moving into singles play.

Singles Results
Texas A&M tied the match at 1-1 on court four when Aleksandre Bakshi defeated Nikola Samardzic in consecutive 6-2 sets.

Julian Saborio fought back to take the 2-0 lead in set two on court six but was unable to come up with a win as Hady Habib defeated the freshman 6-3, 6-3, to give the Aggies the 2-1 lead.

Texas A&M snatched the 3-1 lead on court five when Valentin Vacherot swept Agie Moreno, 6-2, 6-2, and the Aggies clinched the match as No. 119 Jordi Arconada took a straight set, 6-2, 6-2 win from Gabor Csonka on court four.

After No. 12 Arthur Rinderknech defeated No. 44 Daigle, 7-5, in the first set on court one, the senior was unable to finish his match, retiring due to an injury in the second set as Texas A&M had the 5-1 lead.

No. 47 Butsch worked a 6-4 win in set one against No. 116 AJ Catanzariti on court two, but the Aggie fought back to take set two, 6-2. In the tiebreaker, Butsch defeated Catanzariti, 10-7 to take the match and give LSU the final point of the day.

Next Up
The Tigers will host Arkansas Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m. CT at the LSU Tennis Complex. There will be free pizza for fans attending next week’s match.

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.

#8 Texas A&M vs. LSU
March 25, 2017 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
Singles
1. #12 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def.#44 Jordan Daigle (LSU), 7-5, 5-1, ret. inj.
2. #47 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. #116 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU), 6-4, 6-2, 1-0
3. #119 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) def. Nikola Samardzic LSU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Agie Moreno (LSU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Saborio (LSU), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles
1. Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3
2. Gabor Csonka/ Julian Saborio (LSU) vs. Alexksandre Bakshi/Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) 4-5
3. Agie Moreno/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) vs. Jordi Arconada/Hady Habib (TAMU), 6-4

Match Notes:
Order of Finish: Doubles: 1, 3
Singles: 4, 6, 5, 3, 1, 2

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