Wagner & Thomas Earn Ranked Doubles Win in Fall Day 1
BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s tennis Rafael Wagner and Joey Thomas defeated a top-25 opponent on the doubles courts as the Tigers amassed four singles victories and two doubles wins on Day 1 of the Ivy Plus Invitational and the John Breaux Cajun Classic Friday.
Competition in both events pick up Saturday morning with both singles and doubles matches.
Ivy Plus Invitational
In their first time competing as a pair, Wagner and Thomas were victorious against Dartmouth’s No. 21 David Horneffer and Charlie Broom, accumulating and 8-6 win at the Lenz Tennis Center in the first round of doubles in the Orange Gold draw.
The duo followed with a gritty match against the No. 8 pair in the nation, Jack Lin and William Matheson of Columbia but eventually fell, 8-7(5).
“The tournament at Princeton is very strong, and for our first matches of the year, there were some positives to build upon,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “Joey and Rafael’s doubles win was probably the highlight, but everyone had some good matches to find out what we need to work on. Tomorrow is another great opportunity for us to compete at a high level against very good competition.”
In singles, Wagner defeated Princeton’s Damian Rodriguez, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, and freshman Daniel Moreno recorded his first career victory with a three-set thriller against Harvard’s Galen Lee, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Agie Moreno also recorded a singles victory with a straight-set, 6-1, 6-2 win against Dartmouth’s Casey Ross.
Due to rainy weather conditions, the Tigers were only able to play two rounds of singles. The doubles match scheduled between LSU’s Shane Monroe and Malik Bhatnagar and Oklahoma State’s Mathieu Scaglia and Maxim Tybar has been delayed until Saturday.
“It was a tough day for Malik and Shane,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said. “Both played very rusty, but hopefully as they play through the weekend, they will start finding their range.”
Monroe and Bhatnagar each fell in the opening round of singles play, but Bhatnagar rebounded in the first round of consolation singles with his first career singles victory in the Purple and Gold against UL-Lafayette’s Dominik Koenig, 6-1, 6-1.
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John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic
Friday, September 21, 2018 at Lafayette, La. (Culotta Tennis Center)
Ivy Plus Invitational
Friday, September 21, 2018 at Princeton, N.J. (Lenz Tennis Center)
Toby Boyer (Nebraska) def. Joey Thomas (LSU), 7-5, 6-4
Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Damian Rodriguez (Princeton), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Alex Keyser (Columbia) def. Boris Kozlov (LSU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Daniel Moreno (LSU) def. Galen Lee (Harvard), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Ethan Nittolo (Buffalo) def. Nick Watson (LSU), 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Roger Chou (Brown) vs. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 8:30 a.m.
Daniel Moreno (LSU) vs. Hao Sheng Koay (Buffalo), 10 a.m.
Noah Makarome (Penn) vs. Agie Moreno (LSU), 10 a.m.
Joey Thomas (LSU) vs. Jochen Bertsch (Oklahoma), 8:30 a.m.
Boris Kozlov (LSU) vs. Vlad Lobak (Minnesota), 10 a.m.
Ruy Teixiera (LSU) vs. Chris Morrow (Harvard), 8:30 a.m.
Joseph McAllister (Cornell) vs. Nick Watson (LSU), 10 a.m.