Men's Tennis Sweeps Tulane, 7-0
BATON ROUGE --- It might have been a chilly night out at W.T. 'Dub' Robinson Stadium Friday, but the 28th-ranked LSU men's tennis team appeared to be on fire, smoking the Tulane Green Wave, 7-0.
LSU (4-2) posted an unblemished record on the night, winning every single match of the evening.
After not playing in a match for 20 days, the Tigers came out strong, showing that they used their time off to their advantage.
On the top court, the 23rd-ranked doubles tandem of junior Olivier Borsos and freshman Chris Simpson wasted no time, taking down Tulane's Idan Mark and Joe Young, 8-5, and clinching the doubles point for LSU.
Senior Neal Skupski and sophomore James Turbervill hoped to stay undefeated on the season with a win over Tulane's Takuma Ohashi and Adam Bernstein. The dynamic duo did just that, edging by with a 9-7 victory and improving to 6-0 on the season.
Up 1-0, LSU carried their momentum into singles play.
Simpson picked up the first singles win for the Tigers, beating Tulane's Young in a straight-set fashion, 6-2, 6-3.
On court six, Turbervill stayed hot, adding another 'W' to his already impressive win column, with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ohashi.
Meanwhile on No. 5, Knights proved to be too much for Rappaccioli, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory that ultimately clinched the match in LSU's favor, 4-0.
Even with the match already decided, the Tigers continued to battle.
On court two, Skupski took care of Wali with a 7-5, 6-2 win, while Borsos ended his two-game losing streak with a win over Mark on the top court.
Szacinski was the final Tiger to finish, digging himself out of two big holes against Tulane's Bernstein to win the match 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) and complete the 7-0 shutout for the Tigers.
"With a high-ranked team like Texas A&M on the horizon, a win like this definitely gives you the momentum and confidence you need to compete," head coach Jeff Brown said. "We won all of our doubles and singles matches today, so I am very pleased with our performance, and we look forward to coming out tomorrow and getting ready for Sunday."
The Tigers will host both No. 12 Texas A&M and UNO on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Admission is free.
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#28 LSU vs. Tulane
Feb 24, 2012
Baton Rouge, La. (W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium)
#28 LSU 7, Tulane 0
1. #23 Olivier Borsos/Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Idan Mark/Joe Young (TULANE) 8-5
2. Stefan Szacinski/Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Shaye Wali/Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TULANE) 8-5
3. Neal Skupski/James Turbervill (LSU) def. Takuma Ohashi/Adam Bernstein (TULANE) 9-7
Order of finish: 2,1,3
1. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Idan Mark (TULANE) 6-3, 6-2
2. Neal Skupski (LSU) def. Shaye Wali (TULANE) 7-5, 6-2
3. Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Joe Young (TULANE) 6-2, 6-3
4. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Adam Bernstein (TULANE) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
5. Tom Knights (LSU) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TULANE) 6-3, 6-1
6. James Turbervill (LSU) def. Takuma Ohashi (TULANE) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 3,6,5,2,1,4