Csonka Earns Singles Win as Tennis Falls in Arkansas
Communications Graduate Assistant
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Senior Gabor Csonka notched his 12th overall singles victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Adam Sanjurjo on court two as the LSU men’s tennis team fell in its Southeastern Conference opener, 6-1, to the Arkansas Razorbacks Friday night at the Billingsley Tennis Center.
With the loss, LSU fell to 7-4 on the season and 0-1 in SEC play, while Arkansas improved to 6-4 and 1-0 in conference action.
Co-Head Coach Andy Brandi on the Matches
It was a good match,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “We served for 1-3 doubles up 5-4. We won first sets in three courts and lost a set after being up 5-2. We need to do a better job when we are in a position to win. We competed well, and the 6-1 score is not indicative of how close the match was. We need to believe in ourselves.”
The Razorbacks took the early 1-0 lead after clinching the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Oscar Mesquida and Adam Sanjurjo defeated Rafael Wagner and Agie Moreno, 6-3, as the sophomore pair fell for the first time this dual season.
Arkansas added to its 1-0 lead when No. 78 Jose Salazar swept Monroe, 6-0, 6-1, on court one to give the Razorbacks the 2-0 advantage.
After dropping the first set on court three, 6-4, Wagner was unable to rebound in the second set, falling, 6-0 to Josh Howard-Tripp.
Arkansas had the 3-0 lead when the Tigers put their first point of the evening on the board with a 6-2, 6-4 win by Csonka against Sanjurjo on court two.
Mesquida clinched the match for the Razorbacks with a 7-5, 6-4 win on court four against Julian Saborio.
Moreno took the first set from Alex Reco on court six, but the sophomore dropped straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, as Arkansas had the 5-1 advantage.
Alonso defeated Nikola Samardzic, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6, to give Arkansas the final point of the match.
LSU continues its road weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, on Sunday, March 4. The Tigers square off against the No. 30 Ole Miss Rebels at 1 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
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Arkansas 6, LSU 1
1. #78 Jose Salazar (AR) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 6-2, 6-4
3. Josh Howard-Tripp (AR) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Oscar Mesquida (AR) def. Julian Saborio (LSU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Pedro Alonso (AR) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6
6. Alex Reco (AR) def. Agie Moreno (LSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
1. Jose Salazar/Josh Howard-Tripp (AR) vs. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) 5-6, unfinished
2. Oscar Mesquida/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Rafael Wagner/Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-3
3. Alex Reco/Pedro Alonso (AR) def. Shane Monroe/Stewart Block (LSU) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)