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Saborio Earns Win as Men's Tennis Drops to Memphis (@LSUsports) (@LSUsports)
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BATON ROUGE— The LSU men’s tennis team was able to capture the doubles point and Julian Saborio earned a win on court four, but it was not enough as the Bayou Bengals fell to No. 22 Memphis, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.

LSU falls to 8-10 on the season while Memphis improves to 15-6.

Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“Today, a lot of good stuff carried over from our match against Georgia,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “We definitely played the best doubles match of the year, and they have some really good doubles players. In singles, we just dug too deep of a hole. We lost six first sets. Then, we kind of stormed back and won four second sets. Shane (Monroe) was in a dogfight there, but it was just too much for us to overcome. We are starting to play pretty good tennis, so that’s exciting. I am really happy for Julian (Saborio) today to get a win in singles and doubles. He did a really nice job, but we have to get ready, train hard this week during our spring break. We have more SEC matches the rest of the way, and hopefully, we can steal a few more of those.”

Doubles Point
LSU captured its first doubles point since its March 9th contest against Alabama with wins on courts two and three against Memphis.

The first LSU duo off of the courts was Nikola Samardzic and Saborio. The court two pair defeated Kai Lemke and Marshall Sullivan, 6-2.

Stewart Block and Shane Monroe clinched the doubles point on court three with a 6-3 win against Matt Story and Jan Pallares, and LSU had the 1-0 lead moving into singles action.

Singles Results
Memphis evened the score at 1-1 with a win on court three as Samardzic dropped consecutive 6-2 sets to Lemke.

On court one, Monroe fell 6-3, 7-5 to No. 36 Ryan Peniston, and after forcing a third set, Block was defeated by Pallares on court six, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, to give Memphis the 3-1 edge.

Memphis clinched the match on court two as No. 91 Andrew Watson took a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 match from Rafael Wagner, and with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win on court five by Chris Patzanvosky against Moreno, Memphis snagged the 5-1 lead.

Saborio added the final LSU point of the afternoon with a gritty, three-set 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win against Felix Rauch on court four.

Next Up
LSU goes on the road for contests against Kentucky and Vanderbilt on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Tigers’ match in Lexington, Kentucky, is slated for 4 p.m. CT, and Sunday’s match in Nashville is at noon CT.
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#22 Memphis 5, LSU 2

Singles competition
1. #36 Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
2. #91 Andrew Watson (MEMPHIS) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
3. Kai Lemke (MEMPHIS) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Felix Rauch (MEMPHIS) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
5. Chris Patzanovsky (MEMPHIS) def. Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
6. Jan Pallares (MEMPHIS) def. Stewart Block (LSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #37 Andrew Watson/Ryan Peniston (MEMPHIS) vs. Agie Moreno/Rafael Wagner (LSU) no result
2. Nikola Samardzic/Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Kai Lemke/Marshall Sullivan (MEMPHIS) 6-2
3. Stewart Block/Shane Monroe (LSU) def. Matt Story/Jan Pallares (MEMPHIS) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,1,6,2,5,4)



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