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Men's Tennis Ranked 21st Entering NCAA Play
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Published: April 25, 2012, 10:34 AM (CT)
by Ashley Amoss, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE -- The LSU men's tennis team dropped two spots to No. 21, following their tough 4-3 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first round of the SEC Tournament, the International Tennis Association announced Tuesday.
 
LSU (14-10, 5-6 SEC) is one of eight SEC teams ranked in the top-25. They are joined by Georgia (No. 2), Kentucky (No. 6), Mississippi State (No. 9), Florida (No. 11), Ole Miss (No. 13), Auburn (No. 15) and Tennessee (No. 16).
 
Individually, Olivier Borsos (No. 31), Neal Skupski (No. 59) and Chris Simpson (No. 91) all appeared in the newest rankings for LSU.
 
Borsos is playing his best tennis, taking down some of the most elite players in college tennis. He is currently riding a five-match win streak on the top court. He is 12-10 and has defeated seven ranked opponents this season.
 
Senior Skupski looks to close out his memorable career on a high note. The talented Englishman has posted a 14-8 record and has won 74 matches in his career up to this point.
 
No. 91 Simpson has also made a name for himself in the collegiate tennis world, etching out a 13-8 mark, including two ranked wins over Georgia's Sadio Doumbia and Ole Miss' Jonas Lutjen.
 
In doubles, the tiger duo of Skupski and Simpson moved up to the No. 21 spot, improving to 4-2 on the season with a big win over the then-17th-ranked tandem of Gonzales Austin and Alex DiValerio of Vanderbilt.
 
Borsos and Simpson round out the rankings for Tigers, capturing the No. 87 spot in doubles.
 
The Tigers will now wait patiently for the NCAA Selection Show, scheduled to air on May 1.
 
The NCAA tournament will begin May 11 and is held at various sites. If the Tigers are selected, it will be their 27th appearance in the tournament.
 
Stay up-to-date on the Tigers by following @lsutennis on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.

 

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