LSU's Neal Skupski
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Men's Tennis to Face No. 2 Ohio St. on Monday
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Published: March 18, 2012, 03:11 PM (CT)
by Ashley Amoss, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE -- The 27th-ranked LSU men's tennis team (11-4, SEC 2-2) will play host to their first top-5 opponent as they take on No. 2 Ohio State at W.T. 'Dub' Robinson Stadium Monday.
 
"It is a great opportunity for our team to play at the highest level and Ohio State is certainly there right now being ranked No. 2 in the nation," head coach Jeff Brown said. "We are looking forward to great afternoon of tennis and hopefully we will have a lot of fans come out and enjoy what should be a beautiful day at the Dub."
 
The LSU Tigers are coming off an exciting doubleheader where they defeated Illinois State 5-1 and edged by 75th-ranked St. John's in a 4-3 nail-biter. The Tigers enter this match having won five of their last six contests.
 
In singles, the Tigers' No. 71 Olivier Borsos and No. 85 Neal Skupski will play vital roles in the match against Ohio State.
 
Borsos has shown gutsy play, splitting his last two singles matches that both ended in tiebreakers. The newest ranked Tiger, Skupski, has been impressive thus far on court two, posting an 8-5 record in dual match play.
 
In doubles, the Tiger tandem of Borsos and freshman Chris Simpson is the only ranked duo for the Tigers, ranked 71st in the nation with an 8-6 record.
 
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 18-1 on the season and currently undefeated on the road. The Buckeyes are coming off a trio of victories, including a 6-1 statement over the 17th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.
 
The Buckeyes have six ranked players in the singles poll, tied with USC for the most in the nation, and four ranked doubles teams. Blaz Rola is the highest ranked Buckeye sitting at the No. 6 spot. Chase Buchanan (No. 12), Peter Kobelt (No. 46), Devin McCarthy (No. 79), Ille Van Engelen (No. 107) and Nelson Vick (No. 109) complete the list of ranked singles players for the Buckeyes.
 
In doubles, Buchanan and Kobelt are ranked No. 25, McCarthy and Van Engelen are No. 39 and the Ohio State duo of Rola and Smith round out the doubles rankings at No. 54.
 
LSU is 5-7 all-time against the Buckeyes.
 
The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT. Live stats will be available on lsusports.net.
 
Be sure to stay up-to-date on the Tigers by following the team on Twitter at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.

 

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