Kozlov Clinches Match as Men's Tennis Defeats ODU, 4-3
BATON ROUGE — After dropping the doubles point, the LSU men’s tennis team rallied in singles, and freshman Boris Kozlov clinched the match in a hard-fought 4-3 win against Old Dominion Thursday night at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU improves to 13-4 on the season while Old Dominion drops to 7-6.
Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“We are excited to win another match. It was a lot closer than we thought it had to be today. We are really proud of some of the young guys coming up big in the end there. Old Dominion competed extremely well today and showed why they are a good team, but our identity as a group right now is that we win these ugly matches. We need to do a better job in the future of coming out and taking care of business. We are really proud of the young guys today and need to keep getting better as we continue moving into conference play.”
The Tigers struck first in doubles when Kozlov and Nick Watson defeated Nicola Vidal and Federico Rebecchini, 6-1, on court three.
The Tigers tied it back, 1-1, on court six as Watson defeated Oliver Tobisch in a 7-6 (8), 6-2 match.
Jannik Giesse reclaimed the lead for Old Dominion with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory on court three against Malik Bhatnagar.
The match was tied back up when Wagner notched a 7-6(5), 6-3 win on court two against Francois Mustitelli.
Thomas extended the Tigers’ lead, 3-2, with a 7-5, 6-3 win on court five against Nicola Vidal.
Old Dominion tied the match once again when Aziz Kijametovic took a three-set, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win against Shane Monroe on the top court.
Kozlov clinched the match for LSU by overcoming a first set loss in a gutsy 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1) win against Luca Maldoner on court four.
LSU will host Texas A&M at noon CT Saturday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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