Wagner & Moreno Shine in Doubles as Tennis Falls to UGA

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

BATON ROUGE— Sophomore duo Agie Moreno and Rafael Wagner earned the first win against a top-10 opponent in doubles play since the 2017 season, but it was not enough as the LSU men’s tennis team fell to the No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs, 4-0, Friday evening at the LSU Tennis Complex.

With the loss, LSU falls to 8-8 on the season and 1-5 in Southeastern Conference action while Georgia improves to 9-6 and 2-4 in the league.

Co-Head Coach Andy Brandi on the Match
“Overall, I was very pleased,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “We played a team that is going to end up in the top-10 of the country, and we played without Gabor (Csonka). We were one player short. All in all, I felt like we really competed very well. Things could have been a little different if Nik (Samardzic) by chance could have taken that into a tiebreak because it was close on a lot of courts. Agie (Moreno) played fabulous tennis, Stewart (Block) played very solid tennis, Shane (Monroe) played fantastically to take that first set. In three of the courts left, we were right in the match. If we could have pulled one of the other ones off, it could have been a really interesting situation.”

“That team that Rafael Wagner and Agie Moreno beat was in the finals of NCAAs last year. It was a great win and shows the level that they are capable of playing and the level that they should sustain playing as we go forward.”

Doubles Point
The Tigers began the match, forcing the doubles point decision to court three after Tiger pair Nikola Samardzic and Julian Saborio dropped its court two match, 6-3, to Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Ponwith.

In a massive match on court one, sophomore duo Wagner and Moreno earned a hard-fought 6-3 win against the No. 10 pair of Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb. The Bulldogs clinched the doubles point after Shane Monroe and Stewart Block fell 6-4 on court three to Alex Diaz and Emil Reinberg.

The win marked the first time in exactly one year that an LSU doubles pair defeated an opponent ranked in the ITA Doubles top-10. Last season, Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch also downed No. 8 Zielinksi and Loeb, 6-3, in Athens.

Singles Results
Georgia snagged the 2-0 lead after No. 15 Montgomery took straight sets from Wagner, 6-1, 6-2.

After a 6-0, 7-5 win on court three by No. 21 Zielinski against Samardzic, the Bulldogs took the 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs clinched the match on court three after No. 97 Ponwith swept Saborio, 6-4, 7-5.

Next Up
LSU wraps up its home weekend of tennis against Memphis at noon Sunday in the LSU Tennis Complex.
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#14 Georgia 4, LSU 0

Singles competition
1. #55 Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Shane Monroe (LSU) no result
2. #15 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. #97 Nathan Ponwith (UGA) def. Julian Saborio (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. #21 Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-0, 7-5
5. Robert Loeb (UGA) vs. Agie Moreno (LSU) no result
6. Alex Diaz (UGA) vs. Stewart Block (LSU) no result

Doubles competition
1. Rafael Wagner/Agie Moreno (LSU) def. #10 Jan Zielinski/Robert Loeb (UGA) 6-3
2. Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Ponwith (UGA) def. Nikola Samardzic/Julian Saborio (LSU) 6-3
3. Alex Diaz/Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Shane Monroe/Stewart Block (LSU) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,3)



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