Men's Tennis Falls to No. 46 Arkansas, 4-3
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team fought on the backcourts but was unable to come up with the win against No. 46 Arkansas, falling 4-3 Friday evening at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the loss, LSU falls to 5-14 on the season and 1-7 in Southeastern Conference play while Arkansas improves to 13-9 and 4-4 in the SEC.
Coach Brown on the Match
“We knew there were going to be tough matches at the top of the lineup tonight,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “The guys really stepped up tonight, and that was really good to see those guys have success. Although it’s been slow to get here, it looks like we are turning some corners. We know Jordan (Daigle) and Justin (Butsch) will be there for us.”
“The doubles point tonight was very close, and ultimately, it was the margin of victory tonight. I felt the guys fought as a team out there.”
After trailing 4-1 to start the match, the Agie Moreno and Eric Samuelsson worked back to make the score 5-5 on court three. However, the Tigers were unable to hold on to the lead as Johan den Toom and Juan Marino defeated the freshman pair, 7-5.
No. 37 Mike Redlicki and Jose Salazar fought to put the match in the tiebreaker and gave Arkansas the 1-0 lead entering into singles play with a 7-6(4) win against Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch on court one.
The Tigers tied the match at 1-1 after Csonka defeated Adam Sanjurjo in two quick sets, 6-0, 6-2, on court three.
With another two set match on court four against Mesquida, Nikola Samardzic gave LSU the 2-1 lead against Arkansas with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
The Razorbacks fought back to tie the match at 2-2 on court two. In a battle against ranked opponents, No. 26 Salazar acquired the 6-3, 6-2 win against No. 56 Butsch.
On court one, No. 10 Mike Redlicki defeated No. 44 Jordan Daigle in consecutive 6-4 sets as Arkansas snatched the 3-2 lead.
Rafael Wagner won the first set 6-4 on court five, but Johan den Toom pushed the match into a third set and clinched the match for the Razorbacks after taking sets two and three, 6-2, 6-3.
The Tigers notched their third and final point of the night as Agie Moreno collected a win against Juan Marino on court six, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
The Tigers will host Ole Miss Sunday, April 2 at Noon CT at the LSU Tennis Complex. Following the morning match, the Tigers will compete in a doubleheader against Jackson State, beginning at 4 p.m. CT.
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#46 Arkansas vs. LSU
March 31, 2017 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1. #10 Mike Redlicki (Ark) def. #44 Jordan Daigle (LSU), 6-4, 6-4
2. #26 Jose Salazar (Ark) def. #56 Justin Butsch (LSU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Sanjurjo (Ark), 6-0, 6-2
4. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Oscar Mesquida (Ark), 6-2, 6-3
5. Johan den Toom (Ark) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 4-6, 2-6, 3-6
6. Agie Moreno (LSU) def. Juan Marino (Ark), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
1. #37 Mike Redlicki/Jose Salazar (Ark) def. Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU), 7-6 (4)
2. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Adam Sanjurjo/Oscar Mesquida (Arkansas), 6-3
3. Johan den Toom/Juan Marino (Ark) def. Agie Moreno/Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,2,1,5)