Men's Tennis Travels for Weekend in Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The LSU men’s tennis team travels to take on No. 33 Alabama in a match slated for 3 p.m. CT at the UA Varsity Courts for its first of two conference contests scheduled this weekend.
LSU (5-10, 2-4 SEC) is eager for a win after narrowly dropping its last two matches to top-10 contenders Ohio State (3) on March 26 and Georgia (7) on March 28.
Alabama (8-10, 1-5 SEC) split competition last weekend after the Crimson Tide picked up a 5-2 win against Southern Miss and dropped a match, 5-2, to No. 7 Kentucky.
“We have had similar seasons,” LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. “We both have picked up a couple of nice wins and struggled with a difficult schedule. This is an opportunity for LSU to get a much needed victory.”
The match will feature nationally-ranked singles and doubles players on each team.
Sophomore Neal Skupski leads the Tigers after he jumped 12 spots in the rankings to No. 34 on March 30. The Liverpool, England, native posts a 6-5 record at the No. 1 court for LSU and also lists at No. 67 in the doubles rankings with freshman Roger Anderson at 5-8 on the season.
The Crimson Tide are led by senior Saketh Myneni at No. 31 in the rankings with a 9-6 record on the top court. Myneni and sophomore Michael Davis also list as the No. 64 duo with a 7-6 record.
LSU holds the third spot in the SEC West with Alabama ranking fifth. LSU also leads Alabama in the all-time record 38-23, but Alabama took the last meeting, 5-2, when the Tigers hosted the Crimson Tide in Baton Rouge during the 2009 season.
After the contest with Alabama, LSU will travel to Auburn, Ala. for another SEC clash with No. 45 Auburn Sunday at 1p.m. on the courts of the Yarbrough Tennis Center.