Men's Tennis Falls at No. 12 Kentucky, 6-1

by Sidney Kleinpeter
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Men's Tennis Falls at No. 12 Kentucky, 6-1

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 30th-ranked LSU men’s tennis team fell to No. 12 Kentucky 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

The loss was the third-straight road defeat for the Tigers (9-12, 4-6 SEC), who are now 1-8 away from home this season. The Wildcats (23-7, 7-3 SEC) continued to show their home prowess, improving to 15-3 on their home court.

“We fought hard today and were competitive at a lot of spots,” LSU head coach Jeff Brown said. “It was really windy and there were some tough conditions, but I thought the guys handled it as well as they could have. We have to put it behind us and turn it around to get ready for Arkansas next weekend.”

For the second-straight match the Tigers found themselves in a 1-0 hole after dropping a tight doubles point. Kentucky struck first as Alberto Gonzales and Alejandro Gomez downed the LSU pair of senior Julien Gauthier and sophomore Olivier Borsos 8-5 on Court 3, and then sealed the point as the 64th-ranked pair of Eric Quigley and Brad Cox edged the 10th-ranked Tiger tandem of Sebastian Carlsson and Neal Skupski 9-7 on Court 1.

LSU’s sophomore pair of Roger Anderson and Stefan Szacinski battled their way to a tiebreaker on Court 2, but Kentucky’s Alex Musialek and Anthony Rossi prevailed 9-8 (6) to complete the sweep.

The Tigers came out strong in singles by capturing four out of six first sets, but the Wildcats didn’t flinch. Kentucky increased its lead to 2-0 as Cox made quick work of Szacinski 6-2, 6-2 on Court 3, and No. 51 Musialek bested 82nd-ranked Skupski 6-2, 7-5 on Court 2 to give the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage.

Gauthier used a dominant third set to beat Kentucky’s Tom Jomby 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1 on Court 6 to make the score 3-1, but the Wildcats sealed the victory on Court 4 as LSU junior Mark Bowtell fell to No. 100 Gonzales 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to put Kentucky up 4-1.

On Court 1, Borsos earned a 6-4 win in his first set against No. 7 Quigley, but the Kentucky ace pulled away to take the next two sets 6-2, 6-3 to win the match and put the Wildcats up by a 5-1 margin. No. 124 Carlsson split his first two sets with 104th-ranked Rossi on Court 5, but with Rossi up 5-4 in the third set Carlsson decided to retire, making the final score 6-1.

The Wildcats have now won the last three meetings between the two teams, but the Tigers still hold a 31-13 advantage over Kentucky all time

LSU will finish out the regular season next Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT against Arkansas on senior day at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium, where LSU will honor its senior co-captains Carlsson and Gauthier as well as volunteer assistant coach Cody Loup and team manager Stephen Bacala.

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#12 Kentucky 6, #30 LSU 1

Singles competition
1. #7 Eric Quigley (UK) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. #51 Alex Musialek (UK) def. #82 Neal Skupski (LSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Brad Cox (UK) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. #100 Alberto Gonzales (UK) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. #104 Anthony Rossi (UK) def. #124 Sebastian Carlsson (LSU) 2-6, 6-3, 5-4
6. Julien Gauthier (LSU) def. Tom Jomby (UK) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #64 Eric Quigley/Brad Cox (UK) def. #10 Sebastian Carlsson/Neal Skupski (LSU) 9-7
2. Anthony Rossi/Alex Musialek (UK) def. Stefan Szacinski/Roger Anderson (LSU) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Alejandro Gomez/Alberto Gonzales (UK) def. Julien Gauthier/Olivier Borsos (LSU) 8-5

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,6,4,1,5)