BATON ROUGE – The No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team (11-9, 3-6 SEC) suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 4 Georgia (16-4, 8-1 SEC) Friday afternoon at the Dub.
“I thought Georgia played a very good match,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Doubles was relatively close, but they did a good job of getting a lead and really pouring it on.”
The Bulldogs looked to take control early in the doubles matches. LSU took the first doubles match with Chris Simpson and Boris Arias defeating Georgia’s Eric Diaz and Marco Nunez 8-6 on court three. Georgia quickly came back and tied the doubles matches at 1-1 after No. 41 Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux bested LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh 8-4 on court two. The doubles point was clinched for Georgia by No. 6 Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland on court one after beating LSU’s Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos 8-5.
Georgia maintained control throughout the singles matches. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-0 after No. 11 KU Singh defeated LSU’s No. 82 Simpson 6-2, 6-2 on court one. Their lead was extended to 3-0 following No. 64 Wagland’s 6-3, 6-4 victory over LSU’s Borsos on court three.
The match was clinched on court five for Georgia by Pieters with his 6-1, 6-2 victory over LSU’s Trinh. The three remaining matches were left unfinished. On court two, LSU’s Szacinski trailed No. 53 Pasha 2-6, 2-4. On court four, LSU’s Mark Bowtell was leading Austin Smith 6-4, 5-4. And on court six, LSU’s Harrison Kennedy was leading Brasseaux 6-3, 5-5.
“Georgia is just a very good team and they showed why they are 16-4 and No. 4 in the nation,” Brown said. “This will serve as a good benchmark for some of the guys to see what level they need to get to.”
LSU’s next match will be a doubleheader at the Dub this Sunday, April 7 against No. 6 Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. CT and Alcorn State at 5 p.m.
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Georgia vs. LSU
Apr 05, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
#4 Georgia 4, #32 LSU 0
1. #11 KU Singh (UGA) def. #82 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) vs. #53 Nathan Pasha (UGA) 2-6, 2-4, unfinished
3. #64 Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Mark Bowtell (LSU) vs. Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
5. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) vs. Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished
1. #6 Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Roger Anderson/Olivier Borsos (LSU) 8-5
2. #41 Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh (LSU) 8-4
3. Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Eric Diaz/Marco Nunez (UGA) 8-6
Georgia 16-4; National ranking #4
LSU 11-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,5)
Head Coach Jeff Brown Quotes
On the loss to Georgia…
“I thought Georgia played a very good match. Doubles was relatively close, but they did a good job of getting a lead and really pouring it on. We were competitive on courts two and six in singles, but it was too little too late. Georgia is just a very good team and they showed why they are 16-4 and No. 4 in the nation. This will serve as a good benchmark for some of the guys to see what level they need to get to.”