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Men's Tennis No. 20 in Oracle/ITA Rankings

by Alissa Cavaretta
Men's Tennis No. 20 in Oracle/ITA Rankings

BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s tennis team has made waves to start the 2019 season and entered this week’s Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis rankings at No. 20 Wednesday.

The Tigers are inside the top-20 for the first time since May 2, 2013 when LSU also had a No. 20 ranking.

LSU has a 9-1 record with wins against #17 Tulane and Tulsa, who was receiving votes in the last ITA rankings, marking the best start to the season since the 2015 team. The Tigers are a perfect 4-0 in away matches and have compiled a 5-1 record at home.

Senior Shane Monroe is holding down the top court this season. The Ventnor City, New Jersey native had a massive win against Carles Sarrio of SMU, defeating the No. 48 player in the nation, 6-2, 6-2. He is No. 112 in singles in this week’s poll.

Doubles pair Rafael Wagner and Joey Thomas won a match earlier in the season against the No. 1 pair in the nation. The duo is the No. 45 doubles team.

The Tigers are coming off of a three-match road swing and will return home for a doubleheader on Saturday with a match against Southern Miss at 10 a.m. CT and a match following at 2 p.m. CT against Jackson State.

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