Butsch and Moreno Win SEC Classic Doubles Title
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Doubles duo Justin Butsch and Agie Moreno defeated Kentucky’s Alex Dominguez and Trey Yates, 8-5, to take the SEC Coaches Classic doubles title in the Ellis Ferreira draw Saturday at the Alabama Tennis Center.
In addition to the doubles win, freshman Julian Saborio and sophomore Nikola Samardzic pieced together back-to-back singles wins to advance to the SEC Coaches Classic finals in the John Stimpson and Jeff Robinson draws, respectively.
Sunday’s competition is set to begin at 9 a.m. CT, and four Tigers will compete as Moreno and fellow freshman Rafael Wagner will take the court in the Francisco Rodriguez draw.
Saborio will square off against Kentucky’s Jake Stefanik. Samardzic will face Auburn’s Conner Huertas. Moreno will take on Florida’s Chase Perez Blanco, and Wagner will play Auburn’s Max Hinnesdaels in Sunday’s singles finals.
“Justin and Agie got us off to a good start as they won the doubles title, and Nikola and Julian picked up four wins to round out the day to advance to Sunday’s competition,” head coach Jeff Brown said.
In the Jeff Robinson draw, Samardzic defeated Carles Sarrio of Auburn, 6-3, 6-2, and he followed with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Vanderbilt’s Panu Virtanen.
Saborio took a win against Arkansas’ Branch Terrell, 6-4, 6-4, to get started in the John Stimpson draw. He, then, collected a win against Vanderbilt’s Alex Ross, after he retired with a final sore of 6-2, 1-1.
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2016 SEC Coaches Classic
Nov. 4-6 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Tennis Center)
Francisco Rodriguez Draw
Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Justin Butsch (LSU), 6-2, 6-0
Jordan Belga (Florida) def. Agie Moreno, 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3
Gabriel Friedrich (Kentucky) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 7-5, 7-6(1)
Chase Perez Blanco (Florida) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 6-2, 6-1
John Stimpson Consolation Draw
Ritchie Kruuenberg (Alabama) def. Cameron Andry (LSU), 6-2, 6-2
Sunday, Nov. 6
John Stimpson Draw
Julian Saborio (LSU) vs. Jake Stefanik (Kentucky), 9 a.m.
Jeff Robinson Draw
Nikola Samardzic (LSU) vs. Conner Huertas (Auburn), 9 a.m.