Men's Tennis Plays Host to South Carolina Friday

by Bria Turner
Men's Tennis Plays Host to South Carolina Friday

BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s tennis team hosts No. 36 South Carolina at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Dub Robinson Stadium during its 2014 Reunion Weekend.

Between doubles and singles, the team will honor past lettermen, coaches and staff members dating back to the 1950s, which will include special recognition of the 1988 NCAA finalist team.

“It is a special week for me to see friends and teammates, which include our NCAA finalist team from 1988 led by Coach Jerry Simmons and members of the two final four teams I coached in 1998 and 1999,” Brown said. “It is the 25-year anniversary for the 1988 team and 15 years for the final four teams.”

LSU (10-9, 1-6 SEC) last competed on Sunday afternoon and finished with a 4-1 victory at No. 45 Ole Miss. South Carolina (10-9, 2-4 SEC) is coming wins over The Citadel and No. 30 Auburn. LSU has a 26-9 edge on South Carolina in the series history, which includes a match last season that fell 4-1 in favor of then-No.25 Gamecocks.

“We are looking for the same intensity that we have competed with over the last few weeks,” said LSU coach Jeff Brown. “We have two high-ranked SEC teams coming in this weekend.”

The Tigers are ranked No. 61 nationally, and junior Chris Simpson is No. 77 in singles while redshirt freshman Eric Perez and sophomore Tam Trinh are No. 70 in doubles. For South Carolina, Tsvetan Mihov is No. 88 in singles.

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Projected Lineups:

South Carolina vs LSU
March 28, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
Dub Robinson Stadium

Singles competition
1. Andrew Adams (USC) vs. #77 Chris Simpson (LSU) no result
2. #88 Tsvetan Mihov (USC) vs. Justin Butsch (LSU) no result
3. Chip Cox (USC) vs. Boris Arias (LSU) no result
4. Thiago Pinheiro (USC) vs. Andrew Korinek (LSU) no result
5. Kyle Koch (USC) vs. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) no result
6. Andrew Schafer (USC) vs. Tam Trinh (LSU) no result

Doubles competition
1. Chip Cox/Tsvetan Mihov (USC) vs. #70 Tam Trinh/Eric Perez (LSU) no result
2. Andrew Adams/Kyle Koch (USC) vs. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) no result
3. Thiago Pinheiro/Sam Swank (USC) vs. Andrew Korinek/Boris Arias (LSU) no result

Match Notes:
South Carolina 10-9; National ranking #36
LSU 10-9; National ranking #61