Men's Tennis Heads to Take on No. 10 Bulldogs
BATON ROUGE -- The No. 27 LSU men's tennis team will hit the road and travel east to Starkville, Miss., where they will face SEC West opponent, No. 10 Mississippi State, Friday.
LSU (11-7, 2-4 SEC) looks to snap its three-match losing streak with a big win against the Bulldogs.
"It is a great opportunity this weekend for us to face some good ranked opponents," head coach Jeff Brown said. "The team feels very strong and we like where we are. We are playing well in singles and are finding the answers we need in doubles to give us the edge we need to be successful."
In doubles, the Tigers are mixing it up, pairing senior Neal Skupski and freshman Chris Simpson together on court one for the first time this season. Junior Olivier Borsos and senior Tom Knights will play on court two, and James Turbervill and Roger Anderson will round out doubles play for the Tigers on court three.
In singles, Simpson has broken into the rankings at No. 98. He will continue to play on court three behind No. 73 Skupski on court two and No. 55 Borsos on court one.
Mississippi State (14-4, 5-1 SEC) is entering the match after an impressive weekend sweep of Florida and South Carolina. MSU is led by 15th-ranked Artem Ilyushin, No. 44 Louis Cant and 46th-ranked George Coupland. Ilyushin is currently 6-0 in SEC play.
In doubles, No. 32 Cant and Malte Stropp lead MSU and hold a 5-1 record in SEC this season.
The Tigers are 33-10-1 all-time against the Bulldogs. The two teams last met in 2011 where the Bulldogs took the match 5-2.
The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. CT Friday at A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
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