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Men's Tennis Sweeps Home Doubleheader
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Published: April 02, 2013, 10:16 PM (CT)
by Palmer Black , Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE – The No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team (11-8) completed a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday in Baton Rouge after defeating New Orleans (8-8), 6-0. Earlier in the afternoon, the Tigers swept No. 61 Tulane 7-0.
 
“There were some great things that came out of today,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “I think the guys did a good job after basically being exhausted on Sunday coming back to going out and winning a tough match early on against Tulane and then handling their business in the second match. Matches where everybody gets a win are important, especially this time of year when the matches are so tough.”
 
The match began with singles instead of doubles and the Tigers carried their momentum from their victory over Tulane into the match as they won the first set in all six singles matches.
 
Harrison Kennedy gave the Tigers their first point of the night with a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory on court four over New Orleans’ Hossam Meligy to give LSU a 1-0 lead. Olivier Borsos increased the Tigers’ lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory on court one over New Orleans’ Rui Silva. The lead was pushed to 3-0 by Boris Arias on court five with his 6-2, 6-2 victory over David Malmgren. The match was clinched by freshman Joe Hill on court six when he defeated Lovro Curcija 6-3, 6-3.
 
Tam Trinh extended the lead to 5-0 on court three with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Abdelrahman Zaki. The evening was wrapped up on court two when LSU’s No. 82 Chris Simpson defeated  Ricardo Campos 7-6(6), 6-4.
 
The Tigers have another home match tomorrow, April 3 at 2 p.m. CT against Nicholls State. LSU defeated Nicholls State 7-0 earlier this season.
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s tennis team on Twitter @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
New Orleans vs. LSU
Apr 02, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
 
#32 LSU 6, New Orleans 0
 
Singles competition
1. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Rui Silva (UNO) 6-1, 6-4
2. #82 Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Ricardo Campos (UNO) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
3. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Abdelrahman Zaki (UNO) 6-3, 6-3
4. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Hossam Meligy (UNO) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. David Malmgren (UNO) 6-2, 6-2
6. Joe Hill (LSU) def. Lovro Curcija (UNO) 6-3, 6-3
 
Match Notes:
New Orleans 8-8
LSU 11-8; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Singles (4,1,5,6,3,2)
 
LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown Quotes
 
On winning both matches today…
“These are the kind of matches where everybody gets through. You gain some confidence and you learn a little bit about your confidence, like in the match against New Orleans. There were some great things that came out of today. I think the guys did a good job after basically being exhausted on Sunday coming back to going out and winning a tough match early on against Tulane and then handling their business in the second match. Matches where everybody gets a win are important, especially this time of year when the matches are so tough.”

Men's Tennis Starts Doubleheader with Sweep

BATON ROUGE – The No. 33 LSU men’s tennis team (10-8) delivered a 7-0 sweep over No. 55 Tulane (11-6-1) Tuesday afternoon at the Dub in the first match of their doubleheader.
 
It did not take long for the Tigers to win the doubles point. LSU’s duo of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias came out firing on all cylinders as they delivered an 8-0 sweep over Tulane’s Joe Young and Ian Van Cott on court three. Tulane evened the doubles matches with an 8-2 victory by Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer over LSU’s Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos on court one. The Tigers’ pair of Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh wrapped up the doubles point for LSU following their 8-3 victory on court two over Tulane’s Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
 
The Tigers carried their momentum from doubles into the singles matches. Trinh pushed LSU’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Adam Bernstein on court five. Borsos came through for the Tigers on court three with a big win against Tulane’s Young. Borsos took the first set 6-1 and trailed 1-3 in the second set before storming back to win the set 6-4, effectively increasing LSU’s lead to 3-0.
 
Simpson clinched the match for LSU on court one with a tremendous performance in the third set. After losing the first set 6-2, Tulane’s Koepfer won the next eight sets, winning the second set 6-0, and taking a 2-0 lead in the third set. Simpson came back strong and won the final six sets to win the match 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 and clinched the victory for LSU.
 
LSU’s Szacinski pushed the Tigers’ lead to 5-0 with a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(10) win over Tulane’s Mark on court two. LSU increased their lead even further to 6-0 with Mark Bowtell’s 7-6(8), 6-4 victory on court four over Tulane’s Rappaccioli. The afternoon was wrapped up on court six with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory by LSU’s Arias over Alex Van Cott to secure the 7-0 sweep for LSU.
 
The Tigers finish up the doubleheader at 7 p.m. CT against the University of New Orleans.
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s tennis team on Twitter @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
Tulane vs. LSU
Apr 02, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
 
#33 LSU 7, #55 Tulane 0
 
Singles competition
1. #82 Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Dominik Koepfer (TULANE) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
2. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Idan Mark (TULANE) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10)
3. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Joe Young (TULANE) 6-1, 6-4
4. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TULANE) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
5. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Adam Bernstein (TULANE) 6-2, 6-1
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Alex Van Cott (TULANE) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
 
Doubles competition
1. Idan Mark/Dominik Koepfer (TULANE) def. Roger Anderson/Olivier Borsos (LSU) 8-2
2. Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli/Alex Van Cott (TULANE) 8-3
3. Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Joe Young/Ian Van Cott (TULANE) 8-0
 
Match Notes:
Tulane 11-6-1; National ranking #55
LSU 10-8; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,1,2,4,6)
 

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