Men's Tennis Drops Close Match at Vanderbilt, 4-3
The match was tightly contested during both doubles and singles and ended in dramatic fashion.
The Tigers came through in the clutch to win the doubles point. LSU's #41 pair of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski defeated Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran 8-4 on court two. Immediately after, Vanderbilt evened the doubles matches on court one when Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe defeated LSU's Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh 8-3.
On court three, the Tigers' Olivier Borsos and Boris Arias trailed Jeff Offerdahl and Rhys Johnson 4-6 before winning three straight games to take a 7-6 lead. After Offerdahl and Johnson tied it up at 7-7, Borsos and Arias finished strong and won the final two points for LSU to win their match 9-7, effectively securing the doubles point for the Tigers to give them a 1-0 lead.
"We gave ourselves a chance early by winning the doubles point," head coach Jeff Brown said. "It ultimately could have gone our way, but sometimes that's not the way it goes."
The Tigers and the Commodores kept the match interesting during the singles matches. The match was being played indoors due to inclement weather and the facility only has five courts, so the match on court six between LSU's Harrison Kennedy and Johnson started following the completion of the first singles match.
Vanderbilt won the first singles match on court two when #41 Austin defeated LSU's Trinh 6-2, 6-2, tying the match at 1-1. The Commodores took a 2-1 lead when Offerdahl defeated LSU's Anderson 6-2, 6-4 on court four.
The Tigers tied the match at 2-2 when Borsos came through with a clutch 6-3, 6-4 victory over van der Merwe on court three. This did not last long as Kris Yee bested the Tigers' Mark Bowtell 6-4, 6-2 on court five to retake the lead at 3-2.
With the match on the line, LSU's Simpson squared off against #25 Lipman on court one. Lipman took the first set 6-4 and Simpson took the second set 6-3. With the third set tied at 4-4, Lipman came through and won the final two points to win the set 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and to clinch the match for the Commodores.
The afternoon was wrapped up on court six when LSU's Kennedy bested Johnson 7-6, 7-5 to give Vanderbilt a 4-3 victory.
"We'll regroup and get over to Kentucky and play our game," Brown said.
The Tigers continue SEC play on the road again this Sunday, March 3 in Lexington, Ky., against No. 6 Kentucky at 1 p.m. CT.
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LSU vs Vanderbilt
Mar 01, 2013 at Nashville, Tenn.
(Currey Tennis Center)
#25 Vanderbilt 4, #39 LSU 3
1. #25 Ryan Lipman (VU) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2. #41 Gonzales Austin (VU) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Marc van der Merwe (VU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Jeff Offerdahl (VU) def. Roger Anderson (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Kris Yee (VU) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Rhys Johnson (VU) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
1. Ryan Lipman/Marc van der Merwe (VU) def. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh (LSU) 8-3
2. #41 Chris Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Gonzales Austin/Suresh Eswaran (VU) 8-4
3. Boris Arias/Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Jeff Offerdahl/Rhys Johnson (VU) 9-7
LSU 5-3; National ranking
#39 Vanderbilt 10-3; National ranking #25
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,3,5,1,6)
Match was played indoors due to inclement weather.
Official: Carole Cox T-3:54