Men's Tennis Set for Rice Fall Invitational

by Sidney Kleinpeter
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Men's Tennis Set for Rice Fall Invitational

BATON ROUGE – Eight members of the LSU men’s tennis team will take the court in the 53rd annual Rice Fall Invitational Oct. 1-3 at Jake Hess Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Sophomore Roger Anderson, junior Mark Bowtell, senior Julien Gauthier, transfer junior Tom Knights, and sophomores Stefan Szacinski and James Turbervill will all see their first action of  the fall, while sophomore Olivier Borsos and senior Cody Loup will participate in their third tournament of the fall season.

Two Tigers will compete in each of the singles flights: Bowtell and Szacinski in flight A, Gauthier and Knights in flight B, Borsos and Turberville in flight C, and Loup and Anderson in flight D.

In the doubles portion of the bracket, the Tiger tandems of Anderson and Bowtell and Szacinski and Knights will compete in flight A, while Gauthier and Turbervill and Loup and Borsos will take the court in flight B.

“This is an ideal first tournament for a lot of the guys because everyone is guaranteed three singles and three doubles matches,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “It is a very competitive field and everyday will be challenging.”

Other teams competing in the tournament include Texas, Texas-Arlington, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and host team Rice.

In 2009, Gauthier and Szacinski both made the finals of their respective flights, with Gautheir capturing the flight A singles title.

Doubles matches will kick-off the tournament Friday at 9 a.m. CT followed by singles competition.