Julian Saborio notched two wins to advance to the qualifying finals
Steve Franz

Moreno, Saborio Advance to Qualifying Finals on Day 1

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s tennis sophomores Agie Moreno and Julian Saborio advanced to the ITA Southern Regional singles qualifying rounds Thursday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.

Saborio recorded wins in the first and second rounds of qualifying, and after a first round bye, Moreno notched a win in the second round to move on to Friday’s singles competition.

The tournament schedule for Friday is as follows. Qualifying finals will begin at 9 a.m. CT, followed by the main draw singles round of 64 at 1 p.m. CT. Friday will be the first day for doubles play as the round of 64 will be played at 4 p.m. CT.

LSU as a Major Tournament Host
The LSU men’s tennis team last hosted the first and second round of the NCAA Championships in May 2009. The ITA Southern Regional marks the first time since the inception of the LSU Tennis Complex that the men will have a major tournament in Baton Rouge. In 2016, the LSU women’s tennis team hosted the SEC Tournament.

About the LSU Tennis Complex
The LSU Tennis Complex features 12 outdoor courts and six indoor courts. Housed inside of the indoor facility are players’ lounges, locker rooms, a cardio room, a satellite training room and coaches’ offices for both the men’s and women’s teams. There is a total of 1,400 seats facing the outdoor courts, and inside the Tigers can host tournaments in front of more than 300 fans. Point-by-point scoring is available through Daktronics scoreboards on all 18 courts within the facility for an enhanced fan experience. Admission to the LSU Tennis Complex is free. The LSU Tennis Complex has a Geaux Clear policy, requiring all fans and spectators to have a clear bag to speed up gate entries and enhance fan safety. Parking for the ITA Southern Regional will be available across from the LSU Tennis Complex at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Live Stats, Updated Brackets
Live stats will be available for each of the main draw matches throughout the rest of the weekend will be available online at LSUstats.com. For updated tournament brackets, results and other information, fans can go to LSUsports.net/ITASouthernRegional and follow updates on Facebook.com/lsutennis and Twitter @lsutennis.

Brandi’s Corner
“I thought we did a good job overall,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “Some of them were a little rusty. Julian (Saborio) played a much better second match. Agie (Moreno) played a much better match this afternoon. He needed to do a little bit of a better job closing it out. Stewart (Block) was completely different in the afternoon than what he was in the morning. In the morning he was very controlled, very composed with not a lot of unforced errors. In the afternoon when he played a better opponent, he just made way too many unforced errors. I was happy with the first day.”

“I’m looking forward to improving on the level of play. As you get later into the tournament, the matches get tougher, so your level of play has to rise.”

First Round Qualifying Singles
On the first championship court, Saborio had a thriller of a match to open up the ITA Southern Regional. The sophomore defeated Troy’s Jiaqui Duan in back-to-back tiebreakers by a final score of 7-6(3), 7-6(4).

Freshman Stewart Block notched his first win at the LSU Tennis Complex with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory against Troy’s Jorge Poyatos.

Second Round Qualifying Singles
In his second match of the day, Saborio dominated with a 6-2, 6-4 win against UNO’s Alexis Guedy.

Moreno debuted in the ITA Southern regional with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 win against Auburn’s Viboosh Chandresekar on championship court one.

Block was unable to secure his second win of the day after falling to UL-Lafayette’s Arthur Libaud, 6-3, 6-2.

Social Center
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.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, October 20
-Qualifying Finals, 9 a.m. CT
-Singles Round of 64, 1 p.m. CT
-Doubles Round of 64, 4 p.m. CT

Saturday, October 21
-Singles Round of 32, 9 a.m. CT and 10 a.m. CT
-Singles Round of 16, 1 p.m. CT and 2 p.m. CT
-Doubles Round of 32, 5 p.m. CT and 5:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, October 22 and Monday, October 23
TBA

ITA Southern Regional
October 19-23 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Singles Qualifying First Round
Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Jiaqi Duan (Troy), 7-6(3), 7-6(4)
Stewart Block (LSU) def. Jorge Poyatos (Troy), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

Singles Qualifying Second Round
Agie Moreno (LSU) def. Viboosh Chandresekar (Auburn), 6-2, 6-4
Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Alexis Guedy (UNO), 6-2,6-4
Arthur Libaud (UL-Lafayette) def. Stewart Block (LSU), 6-2, 6-3

Friday, October 20, 2017
Qualifying Finals
Agie Moreno (LSU) vs. Kenton Parton (UAB), 9 a.m. CT
Julian Saborio (LSU) vs. Jamie Fraser (UL-Lafayette), 9 a.m. CT

Singles Main Draw Round of 64
Rafael Wagner (LSU) vs. Eduardo Lourido (Samford), 1 p.m. CT
Nikola Samardzic (LSU) vs. Qualifier, 1 p.m. CT

Doubles Main Draw Round of 32
Rafael Wagner/Agie Moreno (LSU) vs. Jiaqi Duan/Pelayo Antuna (Troy) or Edson Ortiz/She Zhou (Alabama), 5 p.m. CT
Nikola Samardzic/Julian Saborio (LSU) vs. Shaaz Peerani/Jorge Poyatos (Troy), 5 p.m. CT

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