Rafael Wagner leads the team in singles wins
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Men's Tennis Drops Road Match at No. 22 Tennessee

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Sophomore Rafael Wagner notched a straight-set win against Adam Walton on court three for his team-best 17th win of the year, but it was not enough as the LSU men’s tennis team fell to the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

LSU falls to 8-6 on the season and 1-3 in Southeastern Conference play while Tennessee improves to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in conference action.

Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“That one hurt,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “We had a lot of chances to make it a match, and they just played more aggressively and went after it at the right time. We need to get the bottom of our lineup going. When a few things didn’t go our way, we didn’t hang tough. Tennessee is a very good team, and we should take confidence knowing we can play with them. However, we need to do a better job of trusting ourselves in the important moments. We are going to take a few days off, get healthy and prepare for the weekend.”
 
Doubles Point
To lead off the match, sophomore duo Wagner and Agie Moreno dropped their contest to Timo Stodder and Adam Walton, 6-4, on court two.

Shane Monroe and Stewart Block took a solid 6-3 win from Andrew Rogers and Nicaise Muamba on court three, forcing the doubles point decision to court one.

After tying the match at 6-6, Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio fell to No. 73 Preston Touliatos and Luis Valero, 7-6(3), to give the Volunteers the 1-0 lead into singles play.

Singles Results
Tennessee jumped ahead, 2-0, with a straight-set, 6-2, 6-2 win on court five by Scott Jones against Nikola Samardzic.

Saborio dropped a 7-5, 6-2 contest to Valero on court four, and the Volunteers clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win by Muamba against Moreno on court six.

The Volunteers gained the 5-0 advantage with a court one win. Monroe dropped his match to No. 20 Stodder, 6-3, 6-2, and Csonka fell on court two, 6-4, 7-5. to Touliatos before Wagner secured his court three win.

Next Up
The Tigers have another road match at 1 p.m. CT Sunday, March 18. LSU will face Texas A&M in College Station at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
 
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#22 Tennessee 6, LSU 1
 
Singles Competition
1. #20 Timo Stodder (UT) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Preston Touliatos (UT) def. Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Adam Walton (UT) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Luis Valero (UT) def. Julian Saborio (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Scott Jones (UT) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Nicaise Muamba (UT) def. Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. #73 Preston Touliatos/Luis Valero (UT) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Timo Stodder/Adam Walton (UT) def. Rafael Wagner/Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-4
3. Shane Monroe/Stewart Block (LSU) def. Andrew Rogers/Nicaise Muamba (UT) 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,4,6,1,2,3)

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