Seniors Earn Singles Wins as Men's Tennis Falls to UT
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE — No. 41 Jordan Daigle and No. 71 Justin Butsch earned singles wins on courts one and two to give each senior a victory on Senior Day, but it was not enough as Tennessee clinched the 4-3 match Saturday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the loss, LSU drops to 9-15 on the season and 3-9 in Southeastern Conference play. Tennessee improves to 12-13 overall and 3-9 in the league.
Coach Brown on the Match
“I thought Tennessee really came out and did a good job in doubles,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “They really served well and attacked us in spots where a lot of teams haven’t been able to get to us. In singles, we had some great effort at the top from the two seniors, who both played really well. It looked like the freshmen were going to come through for them in the end, but they didn’t get quite all of the way there. Tennessee had a point here or there to keep the momentum on their side and really did a good job.”
The Volunteers took the early 1-0 lead before moving into singles play with wins on courts one and three. Luis Valero and Timo Stodder defeated 34th-ranked Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch, 6-4, on court one.
On court one, Daigle notched a quick 6-4, 6-2 win against Timo Stodder to tie the match at 1-1. The win marked Daigle’s 12 win on court one this season.
Butsch worked a 6-4, 6-2 match on court two to defeat Valero and give the senior a team-high 23 singles wins overall. With the win, Butsch moves into sole possession the 10th-most all-time career singles wins at LSU.
As LSU had the 2-1 lead, Jakolievic used consecutive 6-3 sets against Csonka on court three to tie the match at 2-2.
On court four, Jones took a 6-2, 6-4 win from Nikola Samardzic to hand the Volunteers the 3-2 lead.
In a gutsy match on court six, Rafael Wagner stepped up for the Tigers and knotted the match at 3-3. The freshman worked to a 6-2, 7-6(5) win against Luca Wiedenmann to push the match point to court five.
After taking the first set, 6-4, on court five, Julian Saborio was unable to hag on as Schpanski defeated the freshman in consecutive 6-2 sets as Tennessee snatched the match.
The Tigers will face the UNO Privateers Saturday at 5 p.m. CT at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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April 15, 2017 Tennessee vs. LSU at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
1. #41 Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. #35 Timo Stodder (Tenn), 6-4, 6-2
2. #71 Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Luis Valero (Tenn), 6-4, 6-2
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic (Tenn) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Scott Jones (Tenn) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Jack Schpanski (Tenn) def. Julian Saborio (LSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Luca Wiedenmann (Tenn), 6-2, 7-6(5)
1. Luis Valero/Timo Stodder (Tenn) def. #34 Jordan Daigle/Justin Butsch (LSU), 6-4
2. Jack Schipanski/Scott Jones (Tenn) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU), 6-4
3. Rafael Wagner/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Sunay Bhat (Tenn), 6-3
Order of Finish:
Singles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5