BATON ROUGE – The No. 48 LSU men’s tennis team (7-7, 2-4 SEC) pulled off another dramatic SEC victory Friday afternoon as they took down the No. 7 Ole Miss Rebels (11-5, 4-3 SEC) 4-3 at the Dub.
With the match tied 3-3, it all came down to the singles match on court five between LSU’s Mark Bowtell and Ole Miss’ Johan Backstrom. After dropping the first set 3-6, Bowtell battled back and won the second set 6-4 to send it to a decisive third set. With the match on the line, Bowtell came through for the Tigers winning the third set 6-4 to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and to secure the 4-3 victory for LSU.
“Mark Bowtell’s victory has so many components to it from being out a year with the injury, and to clinch a match at this level is a real comeback,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Just him coming back to the team was amazing, but for him to get back to this level is a real testament to what you can accomplish.”
This is the Tigers’ second SEC win of the season, both coming against top-ranked teams as they took down then-No. 11 Texas A&M 4-3 in College Station, Texas, on Friday, March 15.
The entire afternoon was full of clutch performances as the Tigers put together a great performance to win a tremendous doubles point. After LSU’s Olivier Borsos and Roger Anderson lost to No. 6 Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen 4-8 on court one, LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh tied the doubles matches at 1-1 on court two with a big victory over Ole Miss’ No. 40 Stefan Lindmark and Backstrom.
On court three, the tightly contested match between LSU’s Chris Simpson and Bowtell and Ole Miss’ William Kallberg and Zach Wilder went into a tiebreaker. With a clutch performance by the pair of Tigers, they won the tiebreaker 7-4 to win the match 9-8 and secured the doubles point for LSU to give them a 1-0 lead.
The match stayed close throughout all of the singles matches. The Rebels evened the match at 1-1 on court two when No. 13 Lutjen defeated LSU’s Borsos 6-2, 6-2. The Tigers retook the lead at 2-1 after Szacinski dealt a loss to Ole Miss’ No. 99 Lindmark on court three 6-2, 6-3. The Rebels tied up the match yet again at 2-2 following No. 69 Kallberg’s 6-3, 6-3 victory over LSU’s Trinh on court four.
Ole Miss took their first lead of the afternoon at 3-2 when LSU’s Simpson fell to No. 14 Scholtz on court one 3-6, 3-6. LSU freshman Boris Arias came through with a big win on court six over Ole Miss’ Adrian Skogeng 7-5, 6-2 to tie the match up at 3-3.
The afternoon was wrapped up on court five with Bowtell’s dramatic victory over Backstrom to secure the win for the Tigers.
“Friday nights have been a little crazy for us when you throw in that win over No. 11 Texas A&M with the big victory for Boris Arias and now a big victory for Mark Bowtell over No. 7 Ole Miss,” Brown said. “We’re really looking to build on this and see if we can put two together. Last time we had the big win over Texas A&M, we didn’t handle it very well, so maybe we can turn that around.”
The Tigers are back in action this Sunday, March 24 at the Dub with a double-header against No. 12 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. CT, followed by Nicholls State at 6 p.m. CT. Admission is free and come out early for some free crawfish served 45 minutes prior to the match.
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Ole Miss vs. LSU
Mar 22, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
#48 LSU 4, #7 Ole Miss 3
1. #14 Nik Scholtz (OLEMISS) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. #13 Jonas Lutjen (OLEMISS) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. #99 Stefan Lindmark (OLEMISS) 6-2, 6-3
4. #69 William Kallberg (OLEMISS) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Johan Backstrom (OLEMISS) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Adrian Skogeng (OLEMISS) 7-5, 6-2
1. #6 Nik Scholtz/Jonas Lutjen (OLEMISS) def. Olivier Borsos/Roger Anderson (LSU) 8-4
2. Tam Trinh/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. #40 Stefan Lindmark/Johan Backstrom (OLEMISS) 8-6
3. Mark Bowtell/Chris Simpson (LSU) def. William Kallberg/Zach Wilder (OLEMISS) 9-8 (7-4)
Ole Miss 11-5; National ranking #7
LSU 7-7; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,4,1,6,5)
LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown Quotes
On the victory over Ole Miss…
“Friday nights have been a little crazy for us when you throw in that win over No. 11 Texas A&M with the big victory for Boris Arias and now a big victory for Mark Bowtell over No. 7 Ole Miss. All the guys played great. We won the four points that we had the best chance of winning. Boris stepped up again on a big night and Stefan Szacinski just continues to play well. His form has been great in doubles and singles. We’re really looking to build on this and see if we can put two together. Last time we had the big win over Texas A&M, we didn’t handle it very well, so maybe we can turn that around.”
On Mark Bowtell’s doubles and singles victories…
“Mark Bowtell’s victory has so many components to it from being out a year with the injury, and to clinch a match at this level is a real comeback. Just him coming back to the team was amazing, but for him to get back to this level is a real testament to what you can accomplish.”
LSU Senior Mark Bowtell Quotes
On his dramatic doubles and singles victories…
“From the start of the match, we knew the doubles point was going to be huge. Getting four points in singles against No. 7 in the country is really tough. At the end of the day, it just came down to the doubles and the doubles point was huge. For singles, it was a bit of a sluggish start, but then the energy started coming and that really helped.”