Men's Tennis To Compete in ITA Southern Regional

by Alissa Cavaretta
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Men's Tennis To Compete in ITA Southern Regional

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The LSU men’s tennis team will continue its fall season at the ITA Southern Regional hosted by the University of Alabama at the Alabama Tennis Stadium beginning Thursday.

Competition in the ITA Southern Regional runs from Thursday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 23.

The finalists in singles play and the winners of the doubles competition will qualify into the ITA Fall Championships, which runs from November 7 until November 11 at the Surprise Tennis Complex in Surprise, Arizona.

The Tigers will send Malik Bhatnagar, Boris Kozlov, Shane Monroe, Ruy Teixeira, Joey Thomas, Rafael Wagner and Nick Watson to compete in singles play. Junior Agie Moreno will join the team for doubles play.

LSU will be competing against players from 12 teams across the region including Alabama, Auburn, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Samford, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane and UAB.

“I think this is a perfect opportunity to face the top teams in the region and get an indication of where we are and where we need to go,” co-head coach Andy Brandi said.

Teixeira will start the ITA Southern Regional for the Tigers facing Sergio Lizarraga of Jacksonville State at 11 a.m. CST Thursday.

Kozlov and Thomas are listed as No. 5-8 seeds in the qualifying singles round. They both have first round byes and will play at 1 p.m. CST and 3 p.m. CST Thursday, respectively.

Kozlov, Teixeira and Thomas are three of 49 qualifying singles players vying for eight spots in the main draw.

Monroe is the No. 3 seed in the main draw singles bracket. He is joined by Bhatnagar and Wagner in the main draw, and the trio will begin competition Saturday.

All four LSU doubles pairs have received a first-round bye and will begin play in the second round on Saturday morning.

Fans can stream the main six courts online at:

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ITA Southern Regional Championships
October 18-23, 2018 • Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Tennis Stadium)

Qualifying Singles First Round
Ruy Teixeria (LSU) vs. Sergio Lizarraga (Jacksonville State), 11 a.m.

Qualifying Singles Second Round
Boris Kozlov (LSU) vs. Mieszko Kwasnieweski (Southern Miss) or Aleksander Petrovic (Samford), 1 p.m.
Joey Thomas (LSU) vs. Cotter Wilson (Ole Miss) or Max Rebol (Samford), 3 p.m.