Men's Tennis Splits Friday Home Matches

by Bria Turner
Men's Tennis Splits Friday Home Matches

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU men’s tennis team split its Friday doubleheader after falling 5-2 to No. 25 Kentucky and defeating the University of New Orleans 7-0 at Dub Robinson Stadium.

The match against Kentucky (8-4) started with a fight for the doubles point, which came down to LSU’s Eric Perez and Andrew Korinek and UK’s Nils Ellefsen and Ryuji Hirooka on court three. LSU (6-4) won the doubles match on court three with a 7-5 tiebreaker to take a 1-0 lead into singles. 

In singles, the Tigers won four of six first sets, but the Wildcats recovered and took those four matches into third sets. Freshman Justin Butsch won LSU’s only singles match against Kentucky, defeating Kevin Lai 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

“We found some consistency with our doubles play in the Kentucky match,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brow. “We did a good job of not getting too complacent with winning most of the first sets, but we didn’t quite finish on a couple of courts. We had a good singles lineup and we left some hanging around. We saw a few things that we will build on.”

In the match against UNO, the Tigers quickly took the doubles point and dominated the entire match. Sophomore Tam Trinh clinched the match for LSU with his 6-2, 6-2 win on court four, which marks the first time in his career that he’s clinched a match for LSU.

“I think we did a good job against UNO of responding and getting everybody back winning and building confidence,” Brown said.

LSU returns to action on Sunday when it welcomes No. 14 Vanderbilt to Baton Rouge for a Sunday afternoon match. The first serve is scheduled for noon.

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Kentucky vs LSU
Feb 27, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
(Dub Robinson Stadium)
#25 Kentucky 5, #73 LSU 2
Singles competition
1. #14 Tom Jomby (UK) def. #109 Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4
3. #99 Beck Pennington (UK) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Jerry Lopez (UK) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Kevin Lai (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
6. Grant Roberts (UK) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Tom Jomby/Kevin Lai (UK) def. #20 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) 8-4
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Alejandro Gomez/Beck Pennington (UK) 8-6
3. Andrew Korinek/Eric Perez (LSU) def. Nils Ellefsen/Ryuji Hirooka (UK) 8-7 (7-5)
Match Notes:
Kentucky 8-4; National ranking #25
LSU 5-4; National ranking #73
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,1,3,5,4,2)

New Orleans vs LSU
Feb 28, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
(Dub Robinson Stadium)
#73 LSU 7, New Orleans 0
Singles competition
1. Chris Simpson (LSU) def. Rui Silva (UNO) 6-1, 6-4
2. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Timo Kranz (UNO) 6-2, 6-5 (7-2)
3. Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Gonzalo Garcia (UNO) 6-2, 6-3
4. Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Blake Gregor (UNO) 6-2, 6-2
5. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Romain Lefevre (UNO) 6-2, 6-5 (7-5)
6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Christoffer Appelgre (UNO) 4-6, 6-3, 10-4
Doubles competition
1. #20 Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Timo Kranz/Daniel Populus (UNO) 6-3
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Blake Gregor/Romain Lefevre (UNO) 6-5
3. Andrew Korinek/Eric Perez (LSU) vs. Rui Silva/Christoffer Appelgre (UNO) 5-5, unfinished
Match Notes:
New Orleans 3-1
LSU 5-4; National ranking #73
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,1,4,2,5,6)