Men's Tennis Falls to No. 8 Texas A&M
Communications Student 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.”
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.
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.
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)
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
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
Order of Finish: Doubles: 1, 3
Singles: 4, 6, 5, 3, 1, 2