Men's Tennis Opens Conference Play at No. 20 Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The No. 18 LSU men’s tennis team opens its Southeastern Conference schedule with a match Friday at No. 20 Alabama at 6 p.m. CT in the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Thoughts from the Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi
“We’ve had a nice start, but SEC play is where we will find out where we are really at and what we need to focus on down the stretch.” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “Alabama made the NCAA Sweet 16 last year and has its whole team back. We’ll have to play our best.”
LSU hold a 37-24 overall record against Alabama. Last season, the two teams met at the LSU Tennis Complex where the Tigers walked away with a 4-3 win. Shane Monroe and Rafael Wagner recorded wins against Alabama opponents on the singles and doubles courts.
The Tigers are 11-1 on the season, matching their best start since the 2015 season. This week, LSU moved up two spots in the ITA/Oracle polls to No. 18.
Last time out, LSU swept a doubleheader against Southern Miss, 7-0, and Jackson State, 4-0.
Notes on the Crimson Tide
Alabama has a 10-2 record and enters the weekend at No. 20 in the ITA/Oracle Divison I Men’s Tennis Rankings.
Mazen Osama leads Alabama with a 7-4 record on the No. 1 and is No. 32 in the ITA singles rankings. Edson Ortiz has a team-best 10 wins in the dual season.
In doubles, the pair of Patrick Kaukovalta and Osama lead with a 6-2 record on the No. 1, while pair Zhe Zhou and Ortiz also boast a 6-2 record.
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