Men's Tennis Defeats No. 25 Arkansas, 5-2
BATON ROUGE — The LSU men’s tennis team clinched the doubles point on court three and rattled off four-straight singles wins to notch a 5-2 victory against No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU improves to 14-5 and 2-4 in SEC play on the season while Arkansas drops to 11-9 (2-4 SEC).
Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“We think that might be our best win of the year. Arkansas came in here in the top 25 and in the top of our conference. They have had some great wins and a great year themselves. We think our guys from top to bottom just competed amazingly well. Even the matches we lost, they were in three sets, and we had chances at the end. We are really proud of the guys. We think they really took it up another notch today. The SEC does not get easier. Next weekend we are on the road against two really tough teams. We are going to have to play better, but we are really proud of this group, especially Daniel Moreno coming in on short notice in singles.”
The Tigers extended the lead to 2-0 when Thomas took a quick 6-1, 6-2 win on court five against Pedro Alonso.
Kozlov defeated Paya on court four in a 6-4, 6-4 match to extend the LSU lead to 3-0.
LSU clinched the match with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win on court six from Moreno. He overcame a first set loss to Jose Alonso and stormed back to earn the win.
Wagner prevailed in a three-set 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win against Sanjurjo. The win extended the LSU lead to 5-0.
Arkansas earned their first singles win of the match on court three when Reco defeated Malik Bhatnagar in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory.
Mesquida notched the second singles win of the day for the Razorbacks with the 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win against Monroe on court one.
LSU will head to Gainesville for a 4 p.m. match with the Florida Gators on Friday, March 29.
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#41 LSU 5, #25 Arkansas 2
1. #53 Oscar Mesquida (ARK) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Adam Sanjurjo (ARK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Alex Reco (ARK) def. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Enrique Playa (ARK) 6-4, 6-4
5. Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Pedro Alonso (ARK) 6-1, 6-2
6. Daniel Moreno (LSU) def. Jose Alonso (ARK) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Arkansas 11-9; National ranking #25
LSU 14-5; National ranking #41
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,6,2,3,1)
Official: Richie Weaver