LSU's Olivier Borsos
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Men's Tennis Hopes to Rebound vs. South Carolina
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Published: April 05, 2012, 02:36 PM (CT)
by Ashley Amoss, Student Assistant SID
BATON ROUGE -- The 27th-ranked LSU men's tennis team is ready to get back on track in SEC play, opening the weekend at W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium Friday with a match against SEC East rival, South Carolina.
 
After two tough losses to No. 10 Mississippi State and No. 14 Ole Miss, the Tigers look to pick up a win in front of a home crowd as the regular season winds down.
 
"This is a big match for both teams," head coach Jeff Brown said. "Last year we won a close one in Columbia and it is similar personnel for both of us so it should be exciting."
 
LSU (11-9, 2-6 SEC) will turn to the LSU tandem of Neal Skupski and Chris Simpson to provide a much-needed spark in doubles on the top court this weekend. Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos will pair together on court two, and Tom Knights and Stefan Szacinski will round out doubles play on court three.
 
In singles, No. 55 Borsos, 73rd-ranked Skupski and No. 98 Simpson will stack the top three courts in hopes of racking up some wins for the Tigers. James Turbervill will start on court four with Knights and Szacinski on five and six.
 
The 38th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks currently hold a 14-8 record and are 1-7 in SEC play. They are led by Ivan Machado, who is ranked No. 121 in singles, and the 47th-ranked duo of Chip Cox and Nick Jones.
 
The two teams last met in 2011 where the Tigers came away with a 5-2 victory. LSU is 28-7 all-time against South Carolina. The Tigers have beaten the Gamecocks in the last six outings dating back to 2005.
 
The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT. Admission is free.
 
Be sure to follow LSU on Twitter at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis for the latest information on the Tigers.
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