BATON ROUGE - The No. 53 LSU men's tennis team (5-5, 0-3 SEC) were defeated 5-2 by No. 37 Auburn (9-4, 1-2 SEC) Friday afternoon at the Dub.
"We didn't really use the momentum the way you need to at home, and that will cost you," head coach Jeff Brown said. "Auburn has some experience in a lot of spots. We just have to stay together and keep building and get ready for Alabama on Sunday."
Auburn took an early 1-0 lead after winning a tightly-contested doubles point. On court three, Auburn's pair of Joseph Van Dooren and Lukas Ollert won a close match against LSU's Olivier Borsos and Boris Arias 8-6. The doubles point was secured on court two for Auburn with their pair of Lucas Lopasso and Dennis Lengsfeld when they bested LSU's Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh 8-6.
After the doubles point was secured, the No. 1 doubles pair in the nation of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane were leading LSU's No. 41 duo of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski 7-6 on court one but was left unfinished.
Auburn extended their lead to 2-0 on court one when Auburn's No. 107 Mies dropped LSU's Simpson 6-4, 6-3. They extended the lead even further to 3-0 on court six when Auburn's Van Dooren defeated Harrison Kennedy 6-3, 6-4.
The match was secured for Auburn when they took a 4-0 lead on court three when Ollert bested LSU's Trinh 6-4, 6-4.
Auburn's Cochrane pushed the lead to 5-0 on court two when he defeated Borsos 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. LSU picked up their first point on court four when Szacinski bested Lopasso 7-5, 7-5. The afternoon was wrapped up on court five when LSU's Mark Bowtell defeated Dennis Lengsfeld 7-5, 2-6, 1-0.
LSU is on the road for their next match against No. 31 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.,this Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. CT.
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#37 Auburn 5, #53 LSU 2
March 8, 2013 - Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Tennis Stadium)
1. #107 Andreas Mies (AUB) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Daniel Cochrane (AUB) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Lukas Ollert (AUB) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Lucas Lopasso (AUB) 7-5, 7-5
5. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Dennis Lengsfeld (AUB) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)
6. Joseph Van Dooren (AUB) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
1. #1 Andreas Mies/Daniel Cochrane (AUB) def. #41 Chris Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 7-6
2. Lucas Lopasso/Dennis Lengsfeld (AUB) def. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh (LSU) 8-6
3. Joseph Van Dooren/Lukas Ollert (AUB) def. Olivier Borsos/Boris Arias (LSU) 8-6
Auburn 9-4; National ranking #37
LSU 5-5; National ranking #53
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5)
The third set on court five was played as a 10-point tiebreaker.
LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown Quotes
On today's match...
"We didn't really use the momentum the way you need to at home, and that will cost you. Auburn has some experience in a lot of spots. We just have to stay together and keep building and get ready for Alabama on Sunday."
"When you go through some tough times, there are some confidence issues that you need to overcome. The only real way to get confidence is to win, and it's a lot easier to say it than to do it. You just have to fight hard and fight through the tough times, and those guys just can't let their heads get down. In this conference, if you start getting down a bit, you're going to get down a lot more. You have to fight through and get ready for the next match."