No. 24 Men's Tennis Falls in Heartbreaker to No. 25 UT
BATON ROUGE — The No. 24 LSU men’s tennis team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 match to the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers Thursday night at the LSU Tennis Complex.
LSU drops to 12-3 (1-2 SEC) on the season while Tennessee improves to 10-2 (1-1 SEC).
Co-Head Coach Andi Brandi on the Match
“I thought it was a very close match. What is interesting in this match is that there was really only one three-set match. The rest of the matches were straight wins or losses. Where we were disappointed in the outcome was really at No. 2 and No. 3. Rafael (Wagner) beat him last year there at Tennessee. Malik (Bhatnagar), who has been having a tremendous year so far, just did not show up today. You have to give credit to Tennessee. They came back from a point down in doubles and fought hard to win four of the singles.”
Tennessee tied the match when No. 93 Walton defeated Wagner in a 6-0, 6-2 match.
The Volunteers took a 2-1 lead as Wiedenmann won on court six against Watson in a 6-4, 6-2 match. However, the Tigers quickly tied the score up at two when Kozlov defeated Touliatos 6-1, 6-2 on court four.
The Tigers and Volunteers then exchanged scores again to tie it up at three. Tennessee’s Scott Jones defeated Malik Bhatnagar in a 6-3, 6-3 match on court three.
Thomas quickly responded as he won a 6-4, 6-2 match against Prata on court five.
The focus turned to court one, where No. 112 Shane Monroe came back from a 2-6 loss in the first set to tie it up with a 6-4 win in the second set. Ultimately, No. 59 Timo Stodder pulled away in the third set, 6-1, to clinch the match for Tennessee.
LSU will travel to Athens, Georgia on Saturday, Feb. 23 to face the Georgia Bulldogs at 12 p.m.
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