BATON ROUGE – Coming off a thrilling 4-3 victory over then-No. 6 Tennessee and a 7-0 sweep over New Orleans on Sunday, the No. 20 LSU men’s tennis team (13-9, 4-6 SEC) is set to face No. 11 Mississippi State (15-7, 5-5 SEC) on Wednesday, April 10, at 3 p.m. CT at the Dub. The match was originally scheduled for March 24 but was postponed due to high winds.
“Mississippi State is tough,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “They beat us earlier in the season and it will be nice to see how we stack up with them this time. We are certainly capable of beating them. It’s the same level that we’ve played against and done well with this season.”
The Bulldogs come into Baton Rouge with a perfect 5-0 record on the road. They are also coming off back-to-back top 20 victories as they took down No. 20 South Carolina 4-2 on April 5 in Starkville, Miss., and No. 17 Florida 4-3 on April 7 in Gainesville, Fla.
Mississippi State brings a lot of talent in both singles and doubles. Their top singles players include No. 12 Romain Bogaerts, who is 15-5 in singles this season, and No. 58 Malte Stropp, who is 13-4. The Bulldogs’ lone ranked doubles pair is No. 12 Jordan Angus and Stropp.
The Tigers will have plenty of talent to compete with the Bulldogs as LSU have a new singles player and doubles pair in the latest ITA rankings. Sophomore Chris Simpson is ranked No. 51 in singles and senior Stefan Szacinski is No. 104. Simpson and Szacinski are also the No. 52 doubles pair, and Szacinski and freshman Tam Trinh will make their debut as a ranked duo this week at No. 65 in the nation.
LSU has lost their last two matches against Mississippi State but they still hold a 45-18-1 advantage in their all-time matchups. The Tigers faced off against the Bulldogs earlier this season in the first round of the ITA Kick Off Classic where LSU was dealt a 0-7 loss.
Admission to the match will be free and the first 100 fans will receive a free LSU tennis t-shirt. Free pizza and beverages will also be provided.
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