No. 32 Men's Tennis Travels to Face No. 2 Florida
Communications Student Assistant
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team will travel to face No. 2 Florida at 4 p.m. CT Friday at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
Thoughts from the Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi
“It’s nice to be able to play at Florida since we will be back in a few weeks for the SEC Tournament. Florida might have the best team they’ve ever had. They are very talented and haven’t lost outdoors this year.”
Florida has the overall 32-28-1 advantage in the series. The teams last met during the 2018 regular season in Baton Rouge when the Gators defeated the Tigers, 7-0.
Following a win against No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday, the Tigers moved up nine spots in the ITA Rankings to No. 32. The Tigers are 14-5 overall, 2-4 in SEC play and 5-2 in road matches.
In the win against Arkansas, LSU won the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 doubles. Daniel Moreno and Shane Monroe won at No. 2, while Boris Kozlov and Nick Watson secured the win at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point.
Moreno posted his first singles win of the dual season on Sunday in a three-set match.
Thomas has a team high 13 wins on the dual season. Kozlov and Malik Bhatnagar are second on the team with 12 wins.
Notes on the Gators
The Gators are 15-2 overall, 7-0 in SEC play and have won nine straight matches. In their previous match, the Gators took a 7-0 win against No. 40 Kentucky.
The duo of McClain Kessler and Duarte Vale cover the No. 1 doubles for the Gators. Oliver Crawford and Sam Riffice are 3-0 at the No. 2 doubles this season.
In singles, the Gators have No. 15 Oliver Crawford, No. 29 Andres Andrade, No. 51 Sam Riffice and No. 97 Johannes Ingildsen. Crawford has been a court one mainstay, while Riffice and Andrade have played courts two and three.
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.