LSU's Boris Arias
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Doubles Team Advances to ITA Regional Semi
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Published: October 12, 2013, 06:58 PM (CT)
by Palmer Black , Student Assistant SID

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – LSU’s doubles pair of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias won both of their matches on the third day of the ITA Southern Regional hosted by the University of Alabama at the UA Varsity Courts in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as they advance to the semifinals.
 
“They guys played at a high level once they were down 5-0 in the first match,” assistant coach Danny Bryan said. “Tomorrow, the competition will be stronger and we cant afford to start slow.”
 
The morning was started off with the round of 16 for doubles and LSU’s doubles pair of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias came away with a thrilling victory to advance to the quarterfinals.
 
Trailing 5-0 to Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid of Mississippi State, Simpson and Arias fought back to send the match to a tiebreaker. With the match on the line, LSU’s duo dominated the tiebreaker 7-2 to take the match 8-7(2).
 
In quarterfinals action, Simpson and Arias found their form and shutout Carl Alberton and William Huyton of Louisiana-Lafayette 8-0. They will play their semifinal match tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT against Auburn’s Joseph Van Dooren Dan Cochrane.
 
For singles, No. 29 Simpson took the court against Ole Miss’ No. 65 William Kallberg. After dropping the first set 6-3, Simpson battled in the second set but ultimately fell short, losing 6-3, 7-5, ending his run in the singles main draw.
 
“Chris did some good things today but ultimately Kallberg played too good,” Bryan said. “Like always, Chris will get back to work and continue to develop his game.”
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's team on Twitter @lsutennis and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
2013 ITA Southern Regional
Saturday, October 12
Doubles Third Round
Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Florian Lakat/Tassilo Schmid (Mississippi State) 8-7(2)
 
Doubles Quarterfinals
Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Carl Alberton/William Huyton (Louisiana-Lafayette) 8-0
 
Singles Quarterfinals
No. 65 William Kallberg (Ole Miss) def. No. 29 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 7-5 
 
2013 ITA Southern Regional
Sunday, October 13
Doubles Semifinals
Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) vs. Joseph Van Dooren/Dan Cochrane (Auburn) – 10 a.m. CT

 

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