LSU's Olivier Borsos and Mark Bowtell (right) congratulates Chris Simpson (center) on his clincher.
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Men's Tennis Pulls Off Fourth Top-20 Win
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Published: April 07, 2013, 06:21 PM (CT)
Updated: April 07, 2013, 08:04 PM (CT)
by Palmer Black , Student Assistant SID

BATON ROUGE – The No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team (12-9, 4-6 SEC) pulled yet another upset over an SEC opponent Sunday afternoon as they took down No. 6 Tennessee (19-7,  6-4 SEC) 4-3 at the Dub.
 
With the match tied 3-3, it all came down to the singles match on court one between LSU’s No. 82 Chris Simpson and Tennessee’s No. 3 Mikelis Libietis. After losing the first set 3-6, Simpson found himself on the brink of losing the match as he was down 5-2 in the second set. He rallied back and won five straight points to win the second set 7-5. With the third set tied at 5-5, Simpson broke Libietis to take a 6-5 lead. Simpson closed out the match on the next point to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to give the Tigers the victory.
 
The afternoon was started with a tightly-contested doubles point. The first doubles match was won on court three by Tennessee’s No. 52 Edward Jones and John Collins when they defeated Simpson and Boris Arias 8-5. LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh came through with a 9-7 victory on court two over Brandon Fickey and Jarryd Chaplin to even the doubles matches at 1-1. But soon after, Tennessee’s No. 7 Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese defeated LSU’s Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos 8-4 on court one to clinch the doubles point for the Volunteers.
 
The Tigers halted the Volunteers’ momentum and took control of the match at the start of singles. Freshman Harrison Kennedy gave the Tigers their first point of the afternoon with a 6-3, 6-2 victory on court six over Taylor Patrick, evening the match at 1-1. Tennessee retook the lead at 2-1 after LSU’s Arias was dealt a 4-6, 3-6 loss to Collins on court five. Moments later, LSU tied the match up at 2-2 after a big 6-2, 7-5 victory by Borsos over Tennessee’s No. 115 Fickey on court three. The Tigers took their first lead of the afternoon after another big win over a ranked opponent as LSU’s Szacinski took down No. 31 Reese 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 on court two to give LSU a 3-2 lead. Tennessee tied the match up again at 3-3 after Chaplin defeated LSU’s Mark Bowtell 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 on court four. The match was clinched by Simpson on court one with his clutch 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over Libietis.
 
The Tigers second match of their Sunday doubleheader against Alcorn State (2-7) will begin at 5 p.m. CT.
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s team on Twitter @lsutennis, and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
Tennessee vs LSU
Apr 07, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
 
#32 LSU 4, #6 Tennessee 3
 
Singles competition
1. #82 Chris Simpson (LSU) def. #3 Mikelis Libietis (TENN) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. #31 Hunter Reese (TENN) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
3. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. #115 Brandon Fickey (TENN) 6-2, 7-5
4. Jarryd Chaplin (TENN) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
5. John Collins (TENN) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Taylor Patrick (TENN) 6-3, 6-2
 
Doubles competition
1. #7 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (TENN) def. Roger Anderson/Olivier Borsos (LSU) 8-4
2. Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Brandon Fickey/Jarryd Chaplin (TENN) 9-7
3. #52 Edward Jones/John Collins (TENN) def. Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) 8-5
 
Match Notes:
Tennessee 19-7; National ranking #6
LSU 12-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,3,2,4,1)

LSU Head Coach Jeff Brown Quotes

On the victory over Tennessee…
“It was a great match. We’ve had a few of these against top teams in the nation. It’s not something that we’re really getting used to yet. Another person came up with the clinch this time – Chris Simpson. We’ve had Boris Arias come up a couple times, along with Mark Bowtell with Ole Miss. Today was a great team victory. It took everybody to kind of hang in there in the doubles point and make sure they had to invest themselves a bit and the guys kept the pressure off the situation.”

On Chris Simpson’s victory over No. 3 Mikelis Libietis against Tennessee…
“He’d come off a couple of matches where he hadn’t played his best and it was really good to see him not give up when he was down 6-3, 5-2. He certainly could’ve felt like this was just another bad day. But he overcame that and you could see his energy level changed and he really just stepped up beyond what anyone could ask for.”


BATON ROUGE – After a clutch 4-3 victory over No. 6 Tennessee earlier in the day, the No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team (13-9) finished their doubleheader with another victory, defeating Alcorn State 7-0 Sunday afternoon at the Dub.
 
This completes LSU’s seventh match in ten days with the Tigers winning five of them.
 
The Tigers got off to a slow start in doubles, but eventually pulled through to win the doubles point. The LSU freshmen team of Joe Hill and Harrison Kennedy defeated Vitali Vasileuski and Ivan Umnikov 8-5 on court three. Immediately after, LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh clinched the doubles point for the Tigers after besting Alcorn State’s Ernesto Santillan and Garry Amor 8-5 on court one. The doubles matches were wrapped up on court two as the Tigers’ Roger Anderson and Boris Arias defeated Max Tkachenko and Bhavtararan Singh 8-2.
 
The Tigers did not slow up in their singles matches and quickly extended their lead. Anderson gave LSU a 2-0 lead over Alcorn State when he defeated Singh 6-0, 6-2 on court five. LSU’s Kennedy pushed the Tigers’ lead to 3-0 after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Vasileuski on court three.
 
The match was clinched by Mark Bowtell on court four with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tkachenko to give the Tigers a decisive 4-0 lead. Trinh extended the Tigers’ lead even further to 5-0 after defeating Santillan 6-0, 6-4 on court one. Hill extended LSU’s lead even further to 6-0 with a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(5) victory on court six over Amor. The evening was wrapped up on court two with LSU’s Arias defeating Umnikov 7-5, 6-2 to give the Tigers a 7-0 victory.
 
The Tigers will face No. 13 Mississippi State this Wednesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. CT at the Dub. Admission is free and free pizza and beverages will be served.
 
For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s team on Twitter @lsutennis, and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.
 
Alcorn State vs. LSU
Apr 07, 2013 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium)
 
#32 LSU 7, Alcorn State 0
 
Singles competition
1. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Ernesto Santillan (ALCORNST) 6-0, 6-4
2. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Ivan Umnikov (ALCORNST) 7-5, 6-2
3. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Vitali Vasileuski (ALCORNST) 6-0, 6-3
4. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Max Tkachenko (ALCORNST) 6-2, 6-2
5. Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Bhavtararan Singh (ALCORNST) 6-0, 6-2
6. Joe Hill (LSU) def. Garry Amor (ALCORNST) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
 
Doubles competition
1. Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Ernesto Santillan/Garry Amor (ALCORNST) 8-5
2. Roger Anderson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Max Tkachenko/Bhavtararan Singh (ALCORNST) 8-2
3. Joe Hill/Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Vitali Vasileuski/Ivan Umnikov (ALCORNST) 8-5
 
Match Notes:
Alcorn State 2-8
LSU 13-9; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,4,1,6,2)
 

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