BATON ROUGE – The No. 48 LSU men’s tennis team (8-7) picked up a dominant 7-0 victory over Nicholls State (7-9) Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge at the Dub.
The match was originally scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. but was pushed ahead to a 4 p.m. start after the first match of the doubleheader against No. 12 Mississippi State was postponed due to high winds.
“Matches where everyone can win and get some confidence is very important during the season,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “There aren’t many matches where you have that luxury. Today, we had that luxury and got a lot of work done on a bunch of courts and it was certainly good for guys that hadn’t had a win in a while. There’s no way to gain confidence without winning, so it was good today that we won on every court.”
The Tigers came out rolling in the doubles matches and quickly picked up the doubles point behind the victories of Chris Simpson and Boris Arias on court three and Olivier Borsos and Roger Anderson on court one.
Simpson and Arias defeated Nicholls State’s Evan Karatzas and Roy Knight 8-3 on court three and Borsos and Anderson quickly followed with an 8-4 victory over Damian Despotovski and Nico Mertens on court one. The match on court two between LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh and Nicholls State’s Dmitry Kozionov and Jeoffrey Noblecourt was left unfinished on court two with the Tigers leading 5-4.
LSU carried their momentum into the singles matches as they won the first set in all six matches.
Arias extended the Tigers’ lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Noblecourt on court six. Trinh came through with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory on court four over Karatzas to push LSU’s lead to 3-0.
The match was clinched for the Tigers on court five with a 6-2, 6-2 victory by LSU’s Mark Bowtell over Sidharth Sivakumar. This is Bowtell’s second match in a row where he has clinched the victory for the Tigers after he had a dramatic victory on Friday night to clinch the win against No. 7 Ole Miss.
Borsos pushed the Tigers lead even further to 5-0 following a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nicholls State’s Despotovski on court one. Simpson followed with a 6-1, 7-5 win on court two over Kozionov to put the Tigers up 6-0.
The afternoon was wrapped up on court three by Harrison Kennedy with a 6-1, 3-6, 1-0(7) victory over Mertens to give the Tigers a 7-0 sweep.
The Tigers are on the road for their next two matches as they take on No. 18 Florida (9-6) on March 29 at 4 p.m. CT and then travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 34 South Carolina (12-7) on March 31 at 1 p.m. CT.
“Both [Florida and South Carolina] are good teams that have had some good results lately,” Brown said. “It will take a strong performance like we’ve had these last couple of weeks to get what we need out of there.”
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Nicholls State vs LSU
Mar 24, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
#48 LSU 7, Nicholls State 0
1. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Damian Despotovski (NSU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Dmitry Kozionov (NSU) 6-1, 7-5
3. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Nico Mertens (NSU) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Evan Karatzas (NSU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Sidharth Sivakumar (NSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Jeoffrey Noblecourt (NSU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Olivier Borsos/Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Damian Despotovski/Nico Mertens (NSU) 8-4
2. Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Dmitry Kozionov/Jeoffrey Noblecourt (NSU) 5-4
3. Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Evan Karatzas/Roy Knight (NSU) 8-3
Nicholls State 7-9
LSU 8-7; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,5,1,2,3)
LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown Quotes
On the victory over Nicholls State…
“Matches where everyone can win and get some confidence is very important during the season. It’s a very important lesson for guys to learn how to close out sets and close out matches and somewhat dominate opponents. There aren’t many matches where you have that luxury. Today, we had that luxury and got a lot of work done on a bunch of courts and it was certainly good for guys that hadn’t had a win in a while. There’s no way to gain confidence without winning, so it was good today that we won on every court.”
Thoughts on upcoming matches against Florida and South Carolina…
“Both are good teams that have had some good results lately. They both picked up some good wins over the weekend. It will take a strong performance like we’ve had these last couple of weeks to get what we need out of there.”