Senior Shane Monroe earned his first singles win of the dual season
Emilie Bowen

Men's Tennis Sweeps Leaycraft Scramble to Open 2019

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s tennis team opened the 2019 season with back-to-back 4-0 sweeps against Alabama State and UAB Saturday in the Donni Leaycraft Scramble at the LSU Tennis Complex.

With the wins, LSU is 2-0 to start the season for the second consecutive year.

Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“We had a lot of new guys that played in their first matches for the Tigers today, and it was a lot of fun,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “Whenever you come out in the first matches of the year, guys can be a little nervous or have some anxiety that they have to get through, but they did a good job. We played two tough matches today against two tough teams that are well-coached. Our guys did a great job. Of course, we have a lot to work on still, but I think we will get there.

“It was a lot of fun this weekend getting to honor Donni (Leaycraft), and it was great that he was able to come with his family and talk to our guys a little bit, pump them up and tell them some of the things that they can do better from his trained eye.”

Match 1 vs. Alabama State
Singles Results
Rafael Wagner gave the Tigers the early 1-0 edge with a straight-set, 6-0, 6-1, convincing win on court two against the Hornets’ Carl-Louis Luckmann.

LSU quickly took the 3-0 lead after Joey Thomas nabbed his court five match against Chris Andre in consecutive 6-2 sets, and on court three, Malik Bhatnagar earned a 6-0, 6-2 win against Tomas Fernandez.

Freshman Nick Watson clinched the match for the Tigers after taking his court six match 6-3, 6-2 against Alejo Calvis.

Match 2 vs. UAB
Doubles Point
Wagner and Thomas got the match off to a quick start for the Tigers with a 6-3 win on court one against UAB’s Michal Lusovsky and Daniel Janko. LSU clinched the match on court two when senior duo Shane Monroe and Nikola Samardzic took home a 6-3 victory against Blazer pair Giovani Pasini and Nikolai Manchev.

Singles Results
Thomas picked up his second singles victory of the day on court five with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Tom El Safadi to give LSU the 2-0 lead.

To secure his first win of the dual season and put the Tigers up 3-0, Monroe defeated Roman Postolka, 6-1, 6-2, on court one.

Within two minutes of Monroe’s victory, Samardzic sealed the Tiger victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win on court six against Giovani Pasini.

Next Up
The Tigers will host South Florida, UL-Lafayette, Nicholls, Lamar, New Orleans, Georgia State and Penn State in the Jerry Simmons Invitational January 26-27 at the LSU Tennis Complex.

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LSU 4, Alabama State 0
Singles Competition
1. Shane Monroe (LSU) vs. Ion Efrim (ALST) 6-4, 3-1, unfinished
2. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Carl-Louis Luckmann (ALST) 6-0, 6-1
3. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) def. Tomas Fernandez (ALST) 6-0, 6-2
4. Boris Kozlov (LSU) vs. Alexis Collard (ALST) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished
5. Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Chris Andre (ALST) 6-2, 6-2
6. Nick Watson (LSU) def. Alejo Calvis (ALST) 6-3, 6-2

Order of finish: Singles (2,5,3,6)

LSU 4, UAB 0
Singles Competition
1. Shane Monroe (LSU) def. Roman Postolka (UAB) 6-1, 6-2
2. Rafael Wagner (LSU) vs. Nikolai Manchev (UAB) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
3. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) vs. Michal Lusovsky (UAB) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
4. Boris Kozlov (LSU) vs. Daniel Janko (UAB) 4-6, 4-1, unfinished
5. Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Tom el Safadi (UAB) 6-2, 6-0
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Giovani Pasini (UAB) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Rafael Wagner/Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Michal Lusovsky/Daniel Janko (UAB) 6-3
2. Shane Monroe/Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Giovani Pasini/Nikolai Manchev (UAB) 6-3
3. Malik Bhatnagar/Nick Watson (LSU) vs. Roman Postolka/Jasper van Kleef (UAB) 5-3, unfinished

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



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