BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 44 LSU, wrapping up their final day of home matches for the 2016 season, fell, 4-3, to No. 7 Georgia Sunday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
Sunday’s match, serving as Senior Day, began with an extremely competitive doubles point. With three ranked duos on the courts, LSU’s pair of Justin Butsch and Tam Trinh took down UGA’s No. 58 doubles tandem in Paul Oosterbaan and Jan Zielinski, 7-5.
As the remaining two courts looked to tiebreakers to finish the point, court three’s Gabor Csonka and Andrew Korinek took a 7-6 (7-5) win over Wayne Montgomery and Emil Reinberg to give LSU the doubles point. LSU’s No. 10 group of Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle were left ahead, 6-3, in their tiebreaker over the No. 5 UGA team of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland.
This marks Georgia’s second lost doubles point in the SEC this year, only dropping five doubles points for the season. Leading 1-0 going into singles, the Tigers took a break to honor the class of 2016 in a Senior Day presentation.
LSU got off to a slow start in singles play. The Tigers’ bottom three courts all took two set losses to give UGA a 3-1 lead. On court six, LSU senior Korinek fell to Reinberg, 6-2, in the first set. Korinek was able to close the gap in the second set but ultimately fell 6-4 to his opponent.
The Tigers were left looking at their final three courts to finish the match. The crowd was electric as Daigle, Butsch and Csonka all took their matches to third sets. With court two tied 1-1 and court three tied 3-3, Daigle trailed on court one, 6-4, and went point for point against No. 35 Smith. At 40-all, Smith got the match point to bring the Bulldogs the final court they needed to defeat LSU.
Courts two and three both finished their matches with victories to bring the final score to 4-3 with Georgia taking the slight advantage. Butsch finished first with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win against ranked opponent No. 34 Wayne Montgomery. Completing the match, Csonka took a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) decision over No. 120 Walker Duncan.
LSU now gets ready to take on the University of New Orleans in their 5 p.m. match at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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Tennis Match Results
Georgia vs LSU
4/3/2016 at Baton Rouge (LSU Tennis Complex)
#7 Georgia 4, #44 LSU 3
1. #35 Austin Smith (UGA) def. #69 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. #34 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
3. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. #120 Walker Duncan (UGA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Nick Wood (UGA) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
1. #10 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) vs. #5 Austin Smith/Ben Wagland (UGA) 6-6 (6-3), unfinished
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. #58 Paul Oosterbaan/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 7-5
3. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Wayne Montgomery/Emil Reinberg (UGA) 7-6 (7-5)
Georgia 14-3 (8-0 SEC); National ranking #7
LSU 11-9 (3-6 SEC); National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,5,1,2,3)