Watson Secures Win as Tennis Falls to Texas A&M, 5-2
BATON ROUGE– Freshman Nick Watson picked up a win on court six and the Tigers secured the doubles point as the LSU men’s tennis team dropped its match to Texas A&M, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex
Texas A&M improves to 13-3 on the season and 5-0 in SEC play while LSU drops to 13-5 and 1-4 in conference.
Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“We feel like we maybe left one out there,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “That’s probably one of the best teams in the SEC and the country, and we were right there at the end. We’ve now played three of the top four teams in the SEC and it came down to the end in them, and those are the kind of matches we want to be in. We need to take it up a notch, but we’re knocking on the door and competing and think this group will make it happen.”
Texas A&M’s court three pair Hady Habib and Kevin Lam worked a 6-3 win against Boris Kozlov and Watson, pushing the doubles point decision to court two.
Shane Monroe and Daniel Moreno were up on Valentin Vacherot and Alex Vedri 3-1 before the Aggie duo pulled the match to 5-4. The Tiger tandem was able to secure its match, 6-4, to give LSU the 1-0 lead moving into singles action.
Texas A&M jumped to the 2-1 lead to open singles play. Wagner forced a tiebreaker in set two on court two after dropping his first set 6-4 to No. 120 Habib, but the junior was unable to hang on and eventually fell 7-6(5).
On court three, Malik Bhatnagar dropped his match to No. 38 Vacherot, 7-6(2), 6-1.
No. 112 Monroe fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to Aguilar to give the Aggies the 3-1 lead.
The Tigers pulled the match within one after Watson secured his match against Guido Marson on court six in consecutive 6-4 sets to make it a 3-2 match.
Texas A&M clinched the match on court four when No. 58 Smith worked a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2 win against Kozlov.
The Aggies finalized the score at 5-2 when Noah Schachter defeated Joey Thomas, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
LSU will return to action with a match against Arkansas Sunday, March 24 at noon CT in the LSU Tennis Complex.
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#19 Texas A&M 5, #38 LSU 2
1. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
4. Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Boris Kozlov (LSU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2
5. Noah Schachter (TAMU) def. Joey Thomas (LSU) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Nick Watson (LSU) def. Guido Marson (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
Texas A&M 13-3 5-0 SEC; National ranking #19
LSU 13-5 1-4 SEC; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,6,4,5)
Official: Richie Weaver