Men's Tennis Returns Home to Face No. 37 Alabama
Communications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE – After opening the Southeastern Conference schedule on the road last week, the LSU men’s tennis team returns home for a match against No. 37 Alabama 4 p.m. CT Friday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
Fans who attend Friday’s match will receive LSU Tennis clear bags. The LSU Tennis Complex is located across from Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field, and admission to all matches is free. Live video and stats are accessible at LSUsports.net/tennis video, and there will be live updates on Twitter @LSUtennis.
Thoughts from the Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi
“It’s good to be home against with a match against another very solid SEC opponent in Alabama,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “They have probably their best team in years, and we will have to come out with a lot of energy throughout the match. We had a few guys banged up physically last weekend. They have had the time to heal and take care of their bodies, and we can’t wait to get back out there.”
LSU has the overall advantage against the Alabama Crimson Tide, 42-28-1. The two teams met last season in Tuscaloosa at the Alabama Tennis Stadium. Junior Nikola Samardzic recorded the Tigers’ lone win on court five in the 6-1 loss.
LSU opened the conference slate 0-2 with losses at Arkansas and at Ole Miss. The Tigers are 7-5 on the season.
Doubles play on court one remained strong by Csonka and Julian Saborio as the duo was ahead in each of its matches on the weekend before doubles play had been completed on the bottom courts. The pair holds a team-high 5-0 record on court one.
Notes on the Crimson Tide
Alabama has a 14-3 record and is 0-2 to start conference play. Alabama fell to Vanderbilt, 4-3, and to Kentucky, 4-0.
Mazen Osama leads the Tide with a 7-2 record on court one and is No. 92 in the ITA singles rankings. Edison Ortiz has a team-best 13 wins in the dual season across the middle four courts.
No. 31 Ortiz and Osama pair on court one for doubles and have an 11-1 record. Pair Thibault Cancel and Alexey Nesterov are No. 40 in the ITA doubles rankings and have an 8-2 overall record with a 6-2 record on court two.
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.