Tigers Defeat Southern 4-0, Take on Rice Sunday

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Tigers Defeat Southern 4-0, Take on Rice Sunday

BATON ROUGE — LSU beat Southern quickly Saturday, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to make up for the morning’s rain-delayed start.

LSU will play tomorrow against Rice University, who defeated South Alabama in the afternoon match 4-1. The Tigers and Owls will be trying to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Tulsa, Okla.

“We took care of business in doubles and set the tone early in singles,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “Because of not knowing if it was going to rain again, we closed it out in a timely fashion and conserved our energy for tomorrow’s match.”

The No. 13-ranked Tigers (18-6) will have a tough task in the second round as they face either No. 14 Rice or South Alabama, which eliminated LSU in the first round of last year’s championship tournament.

The second round match will begin at 1 p.m. at Dub Robinson Stadium on LSU’s campus. If LSU wins, it advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001.

LSU’s doubles tandems of Bryan Fisher and Jason Hazley at the No. 1 position and Cory Ross and Sebastian Ruka at No. 2 earned wins to secure the doubles point for LSU.

Hazley beat Alejandro Galindo on singles court No. 2 and Rutka beat Christopher Williams on No. 4 to extend the Tigers’ lead.

LSU’s 30th-ranked freshman, Ken Skupski, beat David Ensignia, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to clinch the match for the Tigers.

Tickets for Sunday’s match are on sale on LSUsports.net or at the Robinson Stadium. Adult tickets are $5 and children and student tickets are $8.

Check LSUsports.net later this afternoon for updated regional NCAA Tournament information.

#13 LSU 4, Southern 0

Singles competition:
1. #30 Ken Skupski (LSU) def. David Ensignia (SU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Jason Hazley (LSU) def. Alejandro Galindo (SU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Bryan Fisher (LSU) vs. Alex Hidalgo (SU) 6-2, 4-2, unfinished
4. Sebastian Rutka (LSU) def. Christopher Williams (SU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Peter Richman (LSU) vs. Michael Date (SU) 6-3, 3-1, unfinished
6. Cory Ross (LSU) vs. Gregory Pipkins (SU) 6-1, 3-4, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. #13 Jason Hazley/Bryan Fisher (LSU) def. David Ensignia/Alex Hidalgo (SU) 8-1
2. Cory Ross/Sebastian Rutka (LSU) def. Gregory Pipkins/Paul DeRousselle (SU) 8-2
3. Ken Skupski/Peter Richman (LSU) vs. Michael Date/Christopher Williams (SU) 7-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Southern 10-12
LSU 17-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,-); Singles (2,4,1,-,-,-)
Match start delayed due to rain – began at Noon