LSU's Neal Skupski
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Men's Tennis Sweeps Tulane, 7-0
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Published: February 24, 2012, 10:25 PM (CT)
by Ashley Amoss, Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE --- It might have been a chilly night out at W.T. 'Dub' Robinson Stadium Friday, but the 28th-ranked LSU men's tennis team appeared to be on fire, smoking the Tulane Green Wave, 7-0.

LSU (4-2) posted an unblemished record on the night, winning every single match of the evening.

After not playing in a match for 20 days, the Tigers came out strong, showing that they used their time off to their advantage.

Juniors Roger Anderson and Stefan Szacinski started the night off right for the Tigers, cruising to an 8-5 victory over Tulane's Shaye Wali and Rodrigo Rappaccioli on court two.

On the top court, the 23rd-ranked doubles tandem of junior Olivier Borsos and freshman Chris Simpson wasted no time, taking down Tulane's Idan Mark and Joe Young, 8-5, and clinching the doubles point for LSU.

Senior Neal Skupski and sophomore James Turbervill hoped to stay undefeated on the season with a win over Tulane's Takuma Ohashi and Adam Bernstein. The dynamic duo did just that, edging by with a 9-7 victory and improving to 6-0 on the season.

Up 1-0, LSU carried their momentum into singles play.

Simpson picked up the first singles win for the Tigers, beating Tulane's Young in a straight-set fashion, 6-2, 6-3.

On court six, Turbervill stayed hot, adding another 'W' to his already impressive win column, with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ohashi.

Meanwhile on No. 5, Knights proved to be too much for Rappaccioli, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory that ultimately clinched the match in LSU's favor, 4-0.

Even with the match already decided, the Tigers continued to battle.

On court two, Skupski took care of Wali with a 7-5, 6-2 win, while Borsos ended his two-game losing streak with a win over Mark on the top court.

Szacinski was the final Tiger to finish, digging himself out of two big holes against Tulane's Bernstein to win the match 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) and complete the 7-0 shutout for the Tigers.

"With a high-ranked team like Texas A&M on the horizon, a win like this definitely gives you the momentum and confidence you need to compete," head coach Jeff Brown said. "We won all of our doubles and singles matches today, so I am very pleased with our performance, and we look forward to coming out tomorrow and getting ready for Sunday."

The Tigers will host both No. 12 Texas A&M and UNO on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Admission is free.

Be sure to follow @lsutennis on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis for the most up-to-date information on the Tigers.

#28 LSU vs. Tulane
Feb 24, 2012
Baton Rouge, La. (W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium)

#28 LSU 7, Tulane 0

DOUBLES
1. #23 Olivier Borsos/Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Idan Mark/Joe Young (TULANE) 8-5
2. Stefan Szacinski/Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Shaye Wali/Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TULANE) 8-5
3. Neal Skupski/James Turbervill (LSU) def. Takuma Ohashi/Adam Bernstein (TULANE) 9-7

Order of finish: 2,1,3

SINGLES
1. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Idan Mark (TULANE) 6-3, 6-2
2. Neal Skupski (LSU) def. Shaye Wali (TULANE) 7-5, 6-2
3. Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Joe Young (TULANE) 6-2, 6-3
4. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Adam Bernstein (TULANE) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
5. Tom Knights (LSU) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TULANE) 6-3, 6-1
6. James Turbervill (LSU) def. Takuma Ohashi (TULANE) 6-3, 6-1

Order of finish: 3,6,5,2,1,4

 

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