No. 18 Tigers Finish Road Swing with 5-2 Win at Auburn
Auburn, Ala. — The No. 18 LSU men’s tennis team concluded its road weekend with a 5-2 victory over the Auburn Tigers.
Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the match
“Great job bouncing back after a tough loss Friday night,” LSU co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “Any road win in the SEC is a good win, and we had to earn it. The guys fought hard. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier and we need to continue to improve in multiple areas.”
The Tigers earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 doubles.
LSU grabbed the 2-0 lead when junior Rafael Wagner defeated Filippo Mora 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles in straight sets.
Sophomore Malik Bhatnagar extended LSU’s lead to 3-0 when he beat Brandon Laubser in straight-set fashion (6-3, 6-4) at the No. 3 singles.
Watson clinched the match for the Purple and Gold with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over Michael Durham at the No. 6 singles.
LSU earned its final point of the match at the No. 5 singles when sophomore Joey Thomas defeated Dollman 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
LSU returns home to take on Tennessee at the LSU Tennis Complex on Thursday, March 7, at 5 p.m. CT.
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#18 LSU 5, Auburn 2
1. Matteo DeVincentis (AUB) def. #112 Shane Monroe (LSU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Filippo Mora (AUB) 6-0, 6-1
3. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) def. Brandon Laubser (AUB) 6-3, 6-4
4. Tad Maclean (AUB) def. Boris Kozlov (LSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Tim Dollman (AUB) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Nick Watson (LSU) def. Michael Durham (AUB) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
1. Brandon Laubser/Tad Maclean (AUB) def. #45 Rafael Wagner/Joey Thomas (LSU) 6-2
2. Shane Monroe/Daniel Moreno (LSU) def. Matteo DeVincentis/Tim Dollman (AUB) 6-2
3. Boris Kozlov/Nick Watson (LSU) def. Anders Fry/Diego Chavarria (AUB) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,1,6,5,4)