BATON ROUGE - The No. 24 LSU (3-1) men's tennis team defeated the No. 54 South Florida Bulls (2-2) 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Dub.
"I really thought today was our best team performance," LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. "Our guys are working hard so they deserve to have so matches like this because it doesn't get any easier as we go forward."
The Tigers got off to a quick start, easily securing the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.
On court three, LSU's Boris Arias and Olivier Borsos defeated South Florida's pair of Federico Sabogal and Everth Dzib 8-3. Soon after, LSU's duo of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh bested South Florida's Ravi Patel and Guillermo De Vilchez 8-2 on court two to secure the doubles point for the Tigers and take a 1-0 lead.
The doubles match between the Tigers' No. 33 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski and the Bulls' Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz was left unfinished on court one, with South Florida ahead 7-4.
In the singles matches, LSU's Roger Anderson earned the Tigers' first singles point of the day by defeating South Florida's Everth Dzib 6-0, 6-3 on court six, giving LSU a 2-0 lead.
LSU's Chris Simpson added on to the Tigers' lead on court two, besting South Florida's No. 105 Federico Sabogal 6-1, 6-4, extending the Tigers' lead to 3-0.
"I didn't know that Sabogal was ranked, actually," sophomore Chris Simpson said. "That probably helped me actually. I struggled last weekend so I came out and I really just wanted to get a win and get a win for the team as well."
Mark Bowtell clinched the match for the Tigers on court five, defeating South Florida's Ravi Patel 6-1, 6-3, earning a 4-0 lead and a victory over South Florida.
On court one, the Bulls scored their first point with Oliver Pramming besting LSU's Olivier Borsos 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, moving the score to 4-1.
The final two singles matches both went to ten-point tiebreakers in their third sets. On court four, LSU's Tam Trinh defeated South Florida's Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7), increasing the score to 5-1. And over on court three, the Tigers' Stefan Szacinski came up short against the Bulls' Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz 7-6(4), 1-6, 0-1(2), ending the day with a final score of 5-2.
"To win the first set in all six singles matches really set the tone," Brown said. "It allowed this match to be a little easier than it could have been because South Florida is a good team."
The Tigers' next matchup is a double-header this Sunday, February 10, starting with Rice at 1 p.m. CT, followed by Prairie View at 6 p.m. CT.
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South Florida vs. LSU
Feb 03, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
#24 LSU 5, #54 South Florida 2
1. Oliver Pramming (USF) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
2. Chris Simpson (LSU) def. #105 Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-1, 6-4
3. Ignacio Gonzalez-Mun (USF) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 6-7 (4-0), 6-1, 1-0 (0-2)
4. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Juan C. Acuna Gerard (USF) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (0-7)
5. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Ravi Patel (USF) 6-1, 6-3
6. Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-0, 6-3
1. #33 Chris Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) vs. Oliver Pramming/Ignacio Gonzalez-Mun (USF) 4-7, unfinished
2. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Ravi Patel/Guillermo De Vilchez (USF) 8-2
3. Olivier Borsos/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Federico Sabogal/Everth Dzib (USF) 8-3
South Florida 2-2; National ranking #54
LSU 3-1; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,5,1,4,3)
Mark Bowtell clinched the match for LSU on court 5
Singles courts 3 and 4 played to 10-point tiebreaks in their third sets