BATON ROUGE – With only five matches left before the SEC Championships begin, the No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team (11-9, 3-6 SEC) look to turn things around this Sunday after dropping their match on Friday, April 5 against No. 4 Georgia (16-4, 8-1 SEC).
The Tigers are set to face No. 6 Tennessee (19-6, 6-3 SEC) at 12:30 p.m. CT and Alcorn State (2-7) at 5 p.m. CT in a doubleheader this Sunday, April 7 at the Dub.
“Tennessee is sixth in the country and they’re playing very well,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “They have a couple of guys with great records so we’re going to need to show up on every court and really be ready to compete all day, and we’ll need to stay focused so we can take on Alcorn State later in the day.”
Tennessee started the 2013 season with a perfect 10-0 record before going back-and-forth in their next ten matches, winning five and losing five. The Volunteers come to Baton Rouge having won four straight matches, all against SEC opponents, including No. 8 Kentucky, No. 14 Vanderbilt, and No. 12 Texas A&M. They most recently took down SEC foe Arkansas 4-0 on the road in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, April 5.
The Volunteers are full of talent in both singles and doubles. For singles, Tennessee has No. 3 Mikelis Libietis, No. 31 Hunter Reese, and No. 115 Brandon Fickey. For doubles, the Volunteers have No. 7 Libietis and Reese, No. 47 Libietis and John Collins, No. 48 Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin, and No. 52 Collins and Edward Jones.
Admission to the matches is free and free crawfish will be served outside the stadium starting 45 minutes prior the Tennessee match.
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