Men's Tennis Falls to Top-Seed Tennessee

by Elizabeth Stuart
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Men's Tennis Falls to Top-Seed Tennessee

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a 4-2 win against Alabama on Thursday to advance into the quarterfinal of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament, the LSU men’s tennis team dropped its second-round match on Friday to top-seeded and second-ranked Tennessee, 4-0, at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky.

LSU (8-15) stumbled in doubles to allow Tennessee the early 1-0 lead, and the Vols picked up three singles courts for the win to leave the remaining matches unfinished.

“In doubles, they are one of the better teams in the nation,” LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. “I thought we matched up a little better with them in singles. They were still able to get through us, but I thought we fought hard, and I saw some improvement from the last time we played them. We are going to rest for a few days and start our preparations for the NCAA Tournament.”

The Tigers will find out on Tuesday, April 4 if their efforts earned them a spot in the NCAA draw.

“We ended the season giving ourselves the best chance that we could for the NCAA Tournament, and now, we just have to wait on the selections to come out,” Brown said.

LSU ended its regular season with back-to-back wins against South Florida, 4-3, and Arkansas, 5-2, before defeating Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

NCAA regional action is slated for May 14-16 at sites to be determined by the NCAA. The Sweet 16 will be hosted by Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning May 21.

#1 Tennessee (ITA No. 2) 4, #9 LSU (ITA No.48) 0
2010 SEC Men’s Tennis Championships
Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center – Lexington, Ky.
Quarterfinals – Match 8

Doubles
1. #4 John-Patrick Smith/Davey Sandgren (UT) vs. #55 Neal Skupski/Sebastian Carlsson (LSU) 7-4, unf.
2. #8 Boris Conkic/Rhyne Williams (UT) def. Roger Anderson/Stefan Scazinski (LSU) 8-2
3. Matteo Fago/Ed Jones (UT) def. Mark Bowtell/Julien Gauthier (LSU) 8-2
 
Singles
1. #1 John-Patrick Smith (UT)def.  No. 52 Neal Skupski (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. #37 Boris Conkic (UT) vs. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 6-3, 5-2,unf.
3. #44 Rhyne Williams (UT) vs. Sebastian Carlsson (LSU), unf.
4. #114 Tennys Sandgren (UT) def. Julien Gauthier (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Matteo Fago (UT) def. Stefan Szaccinski (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Davey Sandgren (UT) vs. Cody Loup (LSU) 7-5, 5-3, unf.
 
Order of Finish: Doubles: 3, 2*    Singles:  5, 4, 1*