Men's Tennis to Open Five-Match Home Stand with USC

by Alissa Cavaretta
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Men's Tennis to Open Five-Match Home Stand with USC

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team will open its five-match home stand to conclude the regular season with a contest against No. 27 South Carolina at 5 p.m. CT Friday in the LSU Tennis Complex.

Admission to all home matches is free. The LSU Tennis Complex is located across the street from Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field on Gourrier Avenue.  Friday’s match is student point night for men’s tennis, and there will be jambalaya for the first 100 fans at the match.

Thoughts from Co-Head Coach Andy Brandi
“We have another opportunity against another top-30 team,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “South Carolina has been playing well, and it will be up to the guys to step up and make it a battle.”

The Matchup
LSU holds the 29-11 all-time advantage against South Carolina. Last season The Gamecocks defeated the Tigers 4-3 in the Carolina Tennis Center.

Tiger Tidbits
LSU is 8-12 on the season, 1-7 in SEC play and has the overall 8-2 advantage at home. Last weekend LSU dropped 7-0 contests to both No. 23 Kentucky and No. 22 Vanderbilt.

Rafael Wagner has a team-best eight wins in the dual season and 15 overall wins. The sophomore also has three wins in conference play. The only other Tigers with SEC wins are Gabor Csonka and Shane Monroe.

Wagner and Agie Moreno have recently moved to the No. 1 doubles court and earned a win against the No. 10 pair in the nation. The duo currently sits at No. 82 in the latest ITA doubles rankings.

Monroe and Stewart Block lead the doubles teams with nine wins on court three.

Notes on the Gamecocks
South Carolina has an overall record of 15-6 and is 5-4 in the league. The Gamecocks have the 5-4 advantage in away contests this season. Last time out, South Carolina eked out a 4-3 win against No. 10 Florida in Columbia, South Carolina.

Sophomore Paul Jubb was named the SEC Player of the week after sweeping Florida’s Alfredo Perez on court two. He is currently No. 7- in the ITA singles rankings and is 14-2 in the dual season.

Jubb is one of two Gamecocks in the ITA singles rankings. He joins No. 24 Gabriel Friedrich, who is the court one mainstay. He hasa a 22-9 overall record.

In doubles, Friedrich and Yancy Dennis are ranked No. 29 in the nation. The pair has a 7-3 overall record and is 2-2 in conference action on the top court. Dennis and Harrison O’Keefe sit at No. 57.

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