Samuelsson Clinches as LSU Beats No. 31 Ole Miss, 4-3
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – Freshman Eric Samuelsson battled back to win a second set tiebreaker and defeated Grey Hamilton in the third set as LSU climbed from a 3-0 deficit to clinch the match and defeat No. 31 Ole Miss, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU improves to 6-14 and 2-7 in Southeastern Conference play while Ole Miss drops to 8-8 on the season and 3-6 in the league.
TIGERS WIN! TIGERS WIN! The freshman does it on court six! Samuelsson defeats Hamilton, 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 to clinch the match! pic.twitter.com/vvfMRdfyBD— LSU Men's Tennis (@LSUTennis) April 2, 2017
Coach Brown on the Match
“This team really showed a lot today with Jordan (Daigle) out and Rafael (Wagner) out,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “After being down 3-0, it was good to see a lot of things we have been talking about came through.
“We kept feeling like we were getting closer to having a match like that, and it’s good for these guys to see what can happen when everyone stays together and keeps fighting. Anything can happen against any team. Ole Miss is a very good team, obviously. They beat Mississippi State last week. I’m just very proud of the guys. It’s something that we really needed and will help us going forward.”
Ole Miss took the 1-0 advantage moving into singles play as Filip Kraljevic and Tim Sandkaulen worked a 6-3 win against Agie Moreno and Eric Samuelsson on court three. The Rebels secured the doubles point as Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio fell to Zvonimir Babic and Ricardo Jorge in a close 7-5 match on court two.
Ole Miss jumped out to a 2-0 lead as No. 38 Gustav Hansson defeated No. 56 Justin Butsch, 6-1, 6-1 on court one.
Fabian Fallert took a straight set, 6-3, 6-2 win against Moreno on court four to give Ole Miss the 3-0 lead.
The Tigers struck back to cut the Rebels’ lead to 3-1 after Saborio knocked down Filip Kraljevic on court five in three sets. The freshman took the first set 6-3, fell in the second set 6-2 but fought to secure the third set win 6-4.
Csonka put the Tigers within one point after he took a strong, 6-7, 7-3, 6-0, from
Tim Sandkaulen on court two.
LSU tied the match with a huge win on court three by Nikola Samardzic, who bounced back from a 4-6 first set loss to win the second set 6-4 and push the match against Ricardo Jorge into a third set. The sophomore won the tiebreaker, 7-6(5) to knot it up.
After falling behind in each of the first two sets, Samuelsson fought to push the second set into a tiebreaker, where he defeated Hamilton 7-6(8). The freshman used the massive momentum shift to clinch the match with a 6-4 third set win and notched his third dual season victory.
The Tigers will compete in a doubleheader against Jackson State on Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m. CT. LSU goes on a two-match road swing, facing Auburn, Friday, April 7 at 3 p.m. CT and Mississippi State, Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. CT.
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#31 Ole Miss vs. LSU
March 31, 2017 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1. #38 Gustav Hansson (OM) def. #56 Justin Butsch (LSU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Tim Sandkaulen (OM), 6-7, 6-3, 6-0
3. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)
4. Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Agie Moreno (LSU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
6. Eric Samulesson (LSU) def. Grey Hamilton (OM), 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4
1. Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU) vs. #13 Fabian Fallert/Gustav Hansson, 6-5
2. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU), 7-5
3. Filip Kraljevic/Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Agie Moreno/Eric Samuelsson (LSU), 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)