BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU men’s tennis split Sunday’s doubleheader with a 4-0 loss to No. 9 Texas A&M and a 7-0 win against Nicholls State at Dub Robinson Stadium.
LSU (9-8, 0-5 SEC) had a rough start and quickly lost the doubles point. On court one, No. 30 junior Chris Simpson and sophomore Boris Arias fell 8-2 to No. 5 Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow. On court two, sophomore Tam Trinh and freshman Justin Butsch fell 8-0 to Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams.
After the doubles point, the Tigers refocused and fought back in singles. On courts three and five, sophomore Andrew Korinek and Trinh, respectively, fought to take their matches into third sets. Before the match was clinched, Korinek led 1-0 in the third set while Trinh’s third set was tied at two. Butsch led Ore 5-3 in the third set before the match was clinched.
“They did a great job of fighting back,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “They played pretty well. (Texas A&M) is as tough of a team that we’ll play all year. I thought we gave ourselves a chance in singles.”
Texas A&M (14-5, 5-1 SEC) went ahead 2-0 after simultaneously winning second-set tiebreakers on courts one and six. On court one, No. 62 Simpson fell 6-3, 7-6 with a 7-5 tiebreaker in the second set. On court six, sophomore Harrison Kennedy fell 6-4, 7-6 with a 7-5 tiebreaker on court six. Kennedy was down 5-4, 40-love, but Kennedy saved match point before ultimately falling in the tiebreaker.
“We didn’t play well in doubles, but the guys were really focused as a team of showing how much heart they have in singles,” Brown said. “We were a tie-break win on either court one or six away from it being an interesting match.”
LSU quickly defeated Nicholls 7-0. The Tigers won the doubles point quickly after Butsch and Trinh won 8-3 on court one and Korinek and Perez won 8-4 on court three.
In singles, Simpson gave LSU a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court one. Kennedy followed with a 6-3, 6-0 victory on court five to give LSU a three-point lead. Butsch clinched his second match of his career and the season with a 6-1, 7-5 win on court three.
Trinh put LSU up 5-0 with a 7-5, 6-1 on court four. Korinek won 6-2, 6-4 to put LSU up by six. Redshirt freshman John Michael Busch closed out the match with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win on court six.
LSU returns to action with a weekend of matches in Mississippi beginning Friday, March 21 at Mississippi State. The Tigers will then compete on Sunday, March 23 at Ole Miss.
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Texas A&M vs LSU
Mar 15, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
(Dub Robinson Stadium)
9 Texas A&M 4, LSU 0
1. #12 Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #62 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #25 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
3. Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. #50 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, unfinished
4. Justin Butsch (LSU) vs. Junior Ore (TAMU) 6-4, 1-6, 5-3, unfinished
5. Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 3-6, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
6. Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
1. #5 Junior Ore/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. #30 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) 8-2
2. Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) 8-0
3. Eric Perez/Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. #38 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 3-5, unfinished
Texas A&M 14-5; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,2)
Nicholls State vs LSU
Mar 16, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
(Dub Robinson Stadium)
LSU 7, Nicholls State 0
1. #62 Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Partha Adavelly (NSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Lukas Clemens (NSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Bernard Wezeman (NSU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Sam Meessen (NSU) 7-5, 3-1
5. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Evan Karatzas (NSU) 6-3, 6-0
6. John Michael Busch (LSU) def. Kieran Cronin (NSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
1. #30 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) vs. Sam Meessen/Evan Karatzas (NSU) 6-3, unfinished
2. Tam Trinh/Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Kieran Cronin/Lukas Clemens (NSU) 8-3
3. Andrew Korinek/Eric Perez (LSU) def. Bernard Wezeman/Partha Adavelly (NSU) 8-4
Nicholls State 8-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,4,2,6)