COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 68 LSU men's tennis team (6-6, 1-4 SEC) picked up their first SEC win of the season in dramatic fashion over No. 11 Texas A&M (12-7, 3-2 SEC) 4-3 on Friday night in College Station, Texas, at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
With the match tied 3-3, the Tigers pulled off the dramatic upset with the help of Boris Arias against Texas A&M's Niall Angus on court six in the singles matches. Arias took the first set 7-5 and Angus won set two 6-4. In the deciding third set, LSU came down to their final point twice but Arias continued to battle and sent the set to a tiebreaker. With the match on the line, Arias came through for the Tigers and dominated the tiebreaker 7-1 to win the singles match 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(1) and clinch the match 4-3 for Tigers.
"This was a tough position for a freshman to be in," head coach Jeff Brown said about Arias. "This was one of the biggest matches that he has won and he came up with big plays on match points and he made big plays in the tiebreaker to pick up the win."
This is the Tigers' first conference victory and road victory of the 2013 season, and is also the first time all season that the Tigers have won a match after losing the doubles point.
The Tigers and Aggies kept the doubles matches close, but Texas A&M was eventually able to pull out the doubles point.
On court one, the No. 15 pair of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow for Texas A&M defeated LSU's Olivier Borsos and Roger Anderson 8-5. Almost immediately after, The No. 13 duo of Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant bested LSU's Tam Trinh and Stefan Szacinski 8-6 to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead. The matchup between LSU's Chris Simpson and Mark Bowtell and Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo was left unfinished tied at 6-6.
The Tigers came roaring back in the singles matches, winning the first set in four of the six matches.
The Tigers tied the match at 1-1 on court five when Harrison Kennedy defeated Behzad Minavi 6-2, 6-2. Texas A&M retook the lead at 2-1 when Szabo bested Trinh on court four 6-3, 6-1. LSU came back and tied it up again with a victory by Szacinski over Texas A&M's #118 Adams 6-2, 6-4 on court three.
The Tigers took their first lead of the night following a huge 6-4, 6-4 victory by LSU's Simpson on court two over #52 Efferding. The lead did not last long as the Aggies' Ore bested Borsos 6-2, 7-6(4) on court one. Arias clinched the match for LSU on court six with his victory over Angus.
"This was a great team win," Brown said. "It shows a lot for what these guys have been through recently to stay at it and pick up a win like that."
The Tigers are back home this Sunday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. CT at the Dub to face No. 40 Michigan (5-6). It will be free admission and come out early for some free crawfish.
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Texas A&M vs. LSU
March 15, 2013 at College Station, Texas
(Mitchell Tennis Center)
#11 Texas A&M 3, #68 LSU 4
1. Junior Ore (TAMU) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 6-2, 7-6(4)
2. Chris Simpson (LSU) def. #52 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. #118 Harry Adams (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Behzad Minavi (TAMU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Niall Angus (TAMU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(1)
1. #15 Junior Ore/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Olivier Borsos/Roger Anderson (LSU) 8-5
2. #13 Harry Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Tam Trinh/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 8-6
3. Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) vs. Chris Simpson/Mark Bowtell (LSU), unfinished
Texas A&M 12-7, 3-2 SEC; National ranking #11
LSU 6-6, 1-4 SEC; National ranking #68
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,4,3,2,1,6)