Wagner Clinches as Men's Tennis Defeats UL-Lafayette
Communications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE- The LSU men’s tennis team improved to 5-0 on the season after sophomore Rafael Wagner gutted out a 7-6(4), 6-4, victory against Arthur Libaud on court three to solidify the Tigers’ 4-2 win against UL-Lafayette Tuesday evening at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the loss, UL-Lafayette falls to 2-4 on the season. The Tigers are now 20-0 all-time against the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Co-Head Coach Andy Brandi on the Matches
“Today’s match was a tough match,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “I think UL-L came with the thought that they could beat us today for the first time. We did a very good job of competing and grinding it out. It got a little interesting toward the end. It got a little tight because I think that their team competed extremely well and put a lot of pressure on us.”
“Our guys battled. I think we have a lot of room to improve. We defended our turf, and I think that’s a good thing to play under pressure like that and be successful.”
Agie Moreno and Wagner started the match against Arthur Libaud and Jamie Fraser down 2-0, on court two. However, the sophomores rebounded to take six-straight games to snag the first Tiger doubles win of the evening, 6-2.
On court three, Shane Monroe and Stewart Block trailed Pearse Dolan and Pierce Gilheany, 3-1. The pair moved the Cajuns’ advantage to 5-3 before sustaining a 6-3 loss, pushing the doubles point to a deciding court one.
Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio worked to clinch a dominating 6-2 win on court one against Elio Lago and Vlad Kramarov, and the Tigers snagged the doubles point and the 1-0 lead before moving into singles play.
The Cajuns tied the match at 1-1 after Kramarov took the match from Nikola Samardzic, 6-1,6 -2, on court four.
UL-Lafayette’s Gilheany took the first set from Moreno on court six, 6-2, and Moreno was unable to take the lead in the second set, eventually falling, 6-3, as the Cajuns grabbed the 2-1 lead.
The Tigers tied the match at 2-2 with a win by Monroe on court one. The junior from Ventnor City, New Jersey, defeated Fraser with a solid 6-3, 6-3 win.
On court two, Csonka worked a quick and dominant first set against Lago and claimed it, 6-1. The senior grinded out a 6-4 win in the second set as LSU took the 3-2 lead against UL-Lafayette.
After taking the first set in the tiebreaker against Libaud, 7-6(4), Wagner worked a 6-4 set two win to clinch the match for the Tigers on court three.
LSU returns to action at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in College Station, Texas. The Tigers will square off against the host Texas A&M Aggies, Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. CT and will have a match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at a time to be announced against Georgia State or Cal Poly.
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LSU 4, UL-Lafayette 2
- Shane Monroe (LSU) def. Jamie Fraser (ULL) 6-3, 6-3
- Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Elio Lago (ULL) 6-6, 6-4
- Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Arthur Libaud (ULL) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
- Vlad Kramarov (ULL) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Pearse Dolan (ULL) vs. Julian Saborio (LSU) no result
- Pierce Gilheany (ULL) def. Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
- Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Elio Lago/ Vlad Kramarov (ULL) 6-2
- Agie Moreno/Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Arthur Libaud/ Jamie Fraser(ULL) 6-2
- Pearse Dolan/Pierce Gilheany (ULL) def. Shane Monroe/Stewart Block (LSU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,6,1,2,3)