BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU men’s tennis team fell, 4-1, to No. 14 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at Dub Robinson Stadium.
Vanderbilt (10-2, 2-0 SEC) took the doubles point and the 1-0 lead into singles after sophomore Tam Trinh and freshman Justin Butsch fell 8-6 to Rhys Johnson and Ryan Smith. No. 5 doubles team Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin defeated No. 20 junior Chris Simpson and sophomore Boris Arias 8-4.
LSU (6-5, 0-2 SEC) tied the match at one with sophomore Harrison Kennedy’s 6-3, 6-2 victory and lone singles win for the Tigers. Simspon fell to No. 15 Austin 6-3, 6-3 on court one. Arias fell to No. 122 Ryan Lipman 7-5, 6-2 on court two, and Trinh fell 6-2, 6-2 to Yee on court four.
“Sometimes with a young team, you think you have some things figured out, but it doesn’t go the way you planned,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “Doubles has been a good point for us lately, but today it just wasn’t. It kind of put us in a tough spot because they have three really good singles positions that are hard to overcome. Ultimately, that was the difference.”
Two singles matches went unfinished, that were leaning in LSU’s favor before the match was clinched. Butsch led Anton Kovrigin 4-2 in the third set on court five and Korinek led Johnson 6-5 on court three.
“We showed good fight on several of the courts, but we need to respond the way we have lately and work hard to help these young guys get stronger,” Brown said. “Their spirits seem good, but we just have to keep going at it and get ready for Alabama.”
LSU returns to action on Friday for another doubleheader with Alabama and Alcorn St. The first serve against Alabama is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dub Robinson Stadium and the Tigers take on Alcorn State at 6 p.m. at the Manship YMCA.
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Vanderbilt vs LSU
Mar 02, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
(Dub Robinson Stadium)
#14 Vanderbilt 4, #73 LSU 1
1. #15 Gonzales Austin (VU) def. #109 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. #122 Ryan Lipman (VU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. Rhys Johnson (VU) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished
4. Kris Yee (VU) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Justin Butsch (LSU) vs. Anton Kovrigin (VU) 1-6, 6-2, 4-2, unfinished
6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Suresh Eswaran (VU) 6-3, 6-2
1. #5 Ryan Lipman/Gonzales Austin (VU) def. #20 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) 8-4
2. Rhys Johnson/Ryan Smith (VU) def. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) 8-6
3. Eric Perez/Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. Suresh Eswaran/Kris Yee (VU) 5-6, unfinished
Vanderbilt 10-2; National ranking #14
LSU 6-5; National ranking #73
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,4)