LSU's Justin Butsch
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Men's Tennis Drops 5-2 Match at No. 18 Mississippi State

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Student Assistant

STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 76 Justin Butsch and Gabor Csonka earned singles wins on courts two and three as the LSU men’s tennis team fell to No. 18 Mississippi State, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Center.

Mississippi State improved to 17-5 and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play. With the loss, LSU’s four-match win streak was snapped, and the Tigers fell to 9-15 on the season and 3-8 in the league.

Coach Brown on the Match
“We were close in the doubles point and had the match tight at one point in singles,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “The match could have turned our way. Mississippi State played well, and they were able to put pressure on us at the bottom of the lineup.”

Doubles Point
On court three, Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic took a 6-0 victory from Eric Samuelsson and Agie Moreno. No. 90 Julian Saborio and Gabor Csonka put up a fight on court two but eventually fell 6-4 to Mate Cutura and Vaughn Hunter on court two. With the wins on the backcourts, the Bulldogs pulled away with the 1-0 lead.

Singles Results
On court five, Agie Moreno fell in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, to Giovanni Oradini as Mississippi State took the 2-0 advantage.

Niclas Braun extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win on court four against Nikola Samardzic.

The Tigers notched their first point of the day as Gabor Csonka notched a win against No. 122 Strahinja Rakic on court three, 6-3, 6-1.

Rafael Wagner fought on court six, but the freshman was unable to hang on and eventually fell, 6-4, 6-3 as Simon Baudry clinched the match for the Bulldogs.

After falling behind in the second set, No. 48 Jordan Daigle pushed the set into a tiebreaker. However, No. 4 Nuno Borges ran away with the 6-4, 7-6(3) win on court one.

LSU’s final point came from No. 76 Justin Butsch on court two. The senior defeated Mate Cutura, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(6) to extend his streak to four straight wins.

Next Up
The Tigers return to Baton Rouge for their final home matches of the season before traveling to the SEC Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. LSU will host Tennessee and UNO on Saturday, April 15 at Noon and 5 p.m. CT respectively.

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.

No. 18 Mississippi State 5, LSU 2
April 9, 2017 - Starkville, Miss. - A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre

Doubles
1. No. 21 Niclas Braun/Trevor Foshey (MSU) vs. No. 39 Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU) 5-5, suspended
2. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) def. No. 90 Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) 6-4
3. Nuno Borges/Strahinja Rakic (MSU) def. Eric Samuelsson/Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-0

Order of finish: 3, 2

Singles
1. No. 4 Nuno Borges (MSU) def. No. 48 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4, 7-6(3)
2. No. 76 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Mate Cutura (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(6)
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. No. 122 Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Niclas Braun (MSU) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Giovanni Oradini (MSU) def. Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Simon Baudry (MSU) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-4, 6-3*

Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 6, 1, 2

* - Match-clinching win

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