Samardzic Advances to Cajun Classic Singles Final
Communications Graduate Assistant
LAFAYETTE, La. – LSU men’s tennis junior Nikola Samardzic secured a two-set, 6-4, 7-6(5) victory Saturday afternoon against Georgia State’s Jack MacFarlane to advance to the John Breaux Cajun Classic singles final.
Samardzic will play Texas’ Colin Markes in Sunday’s final, which will be available to watch online through www.ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app beginning at 9 a.m. CT.
“It was another solid day for the Tigers,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “Oklahoma State played very well in doubles, but the guys found a way to bounce back and find a way to win in singles. This is a great tournament with great competition, and we are excited to be playing on the last day.”
Both Gabor Csonka and Agie Moreno also recorded wins to advance to the consolation finals. Csonka notched a 7-6(4), 6-1, 1-0(7) win against Texas Tech’s Alex Sendegeya, and Moreno defeated UL-Lafayette’s Dominik Koenig in straight 6-4 sets.
Csonka will square off against Texas Tech’s Connor Curry in the Flight 1 Singles Consolation final while Moreno will face Kentucky’s Gus Benson in the Flight 2 Singles Consolation final.
In doubles, Csonka and Moreno fell to Oklahoma State’s Eleftherios Theodorou and Artur Dubinski in a heartbreaking tiebreaker, 7-6(3). Maxim Tybar and Jurence Mendoza, also of OSU, defeated Samardzic and Rafael Wagner, 6-2.
Wagner played in a side singles match Saturday afternoon and defeated UL-Lafayette's Elio Lago in straight sets with a 7-6(0), 6-4 win.
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John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic
September 23, 2017 at Lafayette, La.
Flight 2 Quarterfinals
Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Jack MacFarlane (Georgia State), 6-4, 7-6(5)
Flight 1 Singles Consolation
Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Alex Sendegeya (Texas Tech), 7-6(4), 6-1, 1-0(7)
Flight 2 Singles Consolation
Agie Moreno (LSU) def. Dominik Koenig (UL-Lafayette), 6-4, 6-4
Singles Side Match
Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Lago (UL-Lafayette), 7-6(0), 6-4
Doubles Main Draw Quarterfinals
Eleftherios Theodorou/ Artur Dubinski (Oklahoma State) def. #3 Gabor Csonka/Agie Moreno (LSU), 7-6(3)
Maxim Tybar/Jurence Mendoza (Oklahoma State) def. Nikola Samardzic/Rafael Wagner (LSU), 6-2
September 24, 2017
Flight 2 Finals
Nikola Samardzic (LSU) vs. Colin Markes (Texas), 9 a.m. CT
Flight 1 Consolation Singles
Gabor Csonka (LSU) vs. Connor Curry (Texas Tech)
Flight 2 Consolation Singles
Agie Moreno (LSU) vs. Gus Benson (Kentucky)