BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 48 LSU Men’s Tennis team (8-8, 1-5 SEC) took a 4-2 loss against SEC opponent, No. 25 Mississippi State (12-4, 4-2 SEC) Sunday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
“Doubles was a good point for us,” Head Coach Jeff Brown said. “Their singles lineup has been very strong at the one, two, three and four spots and they got the bonus today because Boris (Arias) didn’t have his best day. It was difficult. It was a fine margin of error that we could have squeaked through but we couldn’t quite get it done.”
Going into singles LSU lost their first two matches in straight sets giving Mississippi State a 2-1 lead. The remaining four courts all went to third sets. The bulldogs brought the match to 3-1 with a court one win over LSU’s Jordan Daigle 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
LSU’s momentum changed with a third set victory from Andrew Korinek on court five over Trevor Foshey. Korinek started the match strong, winning his first set 6-3 but struggled to finish his opponent in the second. His close 7-5 victory in the third set brought the score to 3-2 with Mississippi State ahead.
Much like Friday’s loss to Alabama, LSU looked to their last two courts to find the win. The match concluded with No. 106 Gabor Csonka taking a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss against Mississippi State’s No. 77 Rishab Agarwal.
“I feel bad for the guys today,” Brown said. “They did make a lot of improvements that we as a team demanded out of them from recent matches. For the most part we did a lot of things but they still came up short today. We have to keep building on the positives and fix a couple of things and prepare for our next match.”
The Tigers have seven days to get ready for their next match when they travel to face Vanderbilt in Nashville on Easter Sunday.
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Tennis Match Results Mississippi State vs LSU
3/20/2016 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)
#25 Mississippi State 4, #48 LSU 2
1. #36 Mate Cutura (MSU) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. #77 Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Simon Freund (LSU) vs. Niclas Braun (MSU) 2-6, 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
5. Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
6. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
1. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) def. Niclas Braun/Nuno Borges (MSU) 6-2
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Mate Cutura/Vaughn Hunter (MSU) 4-3, unfinished
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Strahinja Rakic/Trevor Foshey (MSU) 6-2
Mississppi State 12-4, 4-2 SEC; National ranking #25
LSU 8-8, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,3,1,5,2)