TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 53 LSU men's tennis team (5-6, 0-4 SEC) lost 6-1 to No. 31 Alabama (11-5, 2-2 SEC) Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa at the UA Varsity Courts.
"After a bit of a tough doubles point, we adjusted better to the windy conditions and got off to a good start in singles," head coach Jeff Brown said. "We were close and looking up and down the courts, we saw we had a chance at four points. We didn't capitalize on enough of those matches to get it done. The effort was there. The fight was there. We just have to keep working and get back to practice and se what we can do to improve from here."
The afternoon was started when the Crimson Tide won the doubles point.
On court two, LSU's duo of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh fell to Becker O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura 6-8. The doubles point was secured for Alabama on court three by Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides defeated LSU's Olivier Borsos and Harrison Kennedy. The match on court one between LSU's No. 41 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski and Alabama's Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra was left unfinished with the Tide leading 7-6.
The singles matches were closely contested throughout. Alabama extended their lead to 2-0 on court three when No. 85 O'Shaughnessey defeated LSU's Trinh 6-3, 6-4. The Tide extended their lead even further to 3-0 on court six when Kenyon bested LSU's Kennedy 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
The Tigers picked up their first point to cut the lead to 3-1 when Szacinski defeated Tsangarides 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on court four.
Alabama clinched the match on court two when Proskura bested LSU's Borsos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to give the Tide a 4-1 lead. The Tide added on to their lead on court five when Alabama's Vieyra defeated Mark Bowtell 7-6, 7-6 to push the lead to 5-1. The afternoon was wrapped up on court one when No. 100 Botha dealt a loss to LSU's Simpson 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
The Tigers are on the road again for their next match this Friday, March 15 in College Station against No. 14 Texas A&M (11-5, 3-1 SEC) at 6 p.m. CT.
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LSU vs. Alabama
March 10, 2013 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
(UA Varsity Courts)
#31 Alabama 6, #53 LSU 1
1. Botha/Vieyra (UA) vs. No. 41 Simpson/Szacinski (LSU) 7-6, unf.
2. O'Shaughnessey/Proskura (UA) def. Anderson/Trinh (LSU) 8-6
3. Kenyon/Tsangarides (UA) def. Borsos/Kennedy (LSU) 8-4
1. No. 100 Jarryd Botha (UA) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. Daniil Proskura (UA) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. No. 85 Becker O'Shaughnessey (UA) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Philippe Tsangarides (UA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. David Vieyra (UA) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 7-6(0), 7-6(6)
6. Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
LSU 5-6, 0-2 SEC; National ranking #53
Alabama 11-5, 2-2 SEC; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,4,2*,5,1)
LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown quotes
On the loss today...
"After a bit of a tough doubles point, we adjusted better to the windy conditions and got off to a good start in singles. We were close and looking up and down the courts, we saw we had a chance at four points. We didn't capitalize on enough of those matches to get it done. The effort was there. The fight was there. We just have to keep working and get back to practice and se what we can do to improve from here."