Tennis Picks up Six Wins in Day 1 at Cajun Classic

by Ellen Farmer
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Tennis Picks up Six Wins in Day 1 at Cajun Classic

Lafayette, La. – Four representatives from the LSU men’s tennis team played in the opening day of the Cajun Classic Thursday, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. All four Tigers accumulated wins in the first round. 

Senior Boris Arias, after coming off a weekend in Malibu at the Oracle/ITA Masters event along side partner Jordan Daigle, faced Oklahoma’s Spencer Papa in his first singles match of the fall. Losing the first set 4-6, Arias turned it around in the second winning 6-4 following with a third set win of 7-6. 

Justin Butsch and Simon Freund got a start to the fall season in the Cajun Classic, both coming out the first round of singles play with wins.

For Butsch, ranked the 8th highest out of 32 singles participants, he defeated ULL’s Edgar Lopez 6-3, 6-4. In the round of 16, Butsch came back from a score of 0-6 in the first set to finish the match 7-6, 6-1 and take the victory over University of Georgia’s Nick Wood (No. 104).  

LSU’s Jordan Daigle, a Lafayette native, is ranked the 3rd highest singles competitor in the tournament. His victory over Ole Miss’s Grey Hamilton, a conference opponent, sent him into the second round to collect a win over Oklahoma’s Austin Siegel, 6-3, 6-3.  

Sophomore Simon Freund got passed the first round against OU’s Florin Bragusi (No. 106) with a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Both Freund and Arias battled through the round of 16, just falling short. 

Arias, playing the No. 1 seeded singles player Nick Crystal (No. 42) of USC, lost 0 and 2. Freund fell against conference foe, Stefan Lindmark (No. 44) of Ole Miss 6-4, 6-2.

“We had several big wins today the guys competed great,” Head Coach Jeff Brown said. “Jordan and Justin are in the quarters and Boris and Simon had significant wins over players that played for Oklahoma in last year’s NCAA Finals match.”

Friday, the team will have Jordan Daigle and Justin Butsch competing in the single’s quarterfinals at 12 p.m. as well as the start of doubles play for the tournament at 2:30 p.m. 

Duo Arias/Daigle are the highest ranked pair in the Cajun Classic at No. 4 with the next highest partnership between Kadhe/Cash from Oklahoma State ranked 14th

For up-to-date information and behind-the-scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s tennis team on Twitter and Instagram at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.

 

Thursday, Sept. 24

Round of 32 Championship Singles
Arias (LSU) defeats Papa (OU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
Butsch (LSU) defeats Lopez (Louisiana) 6-3, 6-4
Daigle (LSU) defeats Hamilton (Ole Miss) 6-4, 6-2
Freund (LSU) defeats Bragusi (OU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
 
Round of 16 Championship Singles
Crystal (USC) defeats Arias (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
Butsch (LSU) defeats Wood (UGA) 0-6, 7-6, 6-1
Daigle (LSU) defeats Siegel (OU) 6-3, 6-3
Lindmark (Ole Miss) defeats Freund (LSU) 6-4, 6-2