Kozlov, Bhatnagar Win as Men's Tennis Fall at South Carolina 5-2

by Garret Sulak
Kozlov, Bhatnagar Win as Men's Tennis Fall at South Carolina 5-2

Columbia, SC. – Freshman Boris Kozlov and sophomore Malik Bhatnagar earned their third singles win in SEC play as the LSU men’s tennis team fell to No. 18 South Carolina by a score of 5-2.


With the loss, the Tigers drop to 14-7 overall and 2-6 in SEC play.

Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match

“We had chances in doubles and singles, but on the road in the SEC, if you don’t capitalize on opportunities you get beat. South Carolina handled the momentum better than we did and deserved to win.”

Doubles Point

South Carolina secured wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles point.

The No. 63-ranked duo of Paul Jubb and Raphael Lambling defeated freshman Daniel Moreno and senior Shane Monroe, 6-3 at the No. 1 doubles.

Beau Pelletier and Daniel Rodrigues clinched the doubles point for the Gamecocks with a 7-6(8) win over Kozlov and freshman Nick Watson at the No. 3 doubles

The No. 51 ranked duo of junior Rafael Wagner and sophomore Joey Thomas earned a 6-4 victory at the No. 2 doubles against Jake Beasley and Joseph Brailovsky.

Singles Results

Kozlov notched the first win in singles play with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Lambling at the No. 3 singles and tied the score back up, 1-1.

No. 5-ranked Jubb defeated Wagner at the No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-3 to reclaim the lead for the Gamecocks, 2-1.

Thomas Brown defeated Moreno on court six in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 match. This gave the Gamecocks the 3-1 lead.

Bhatnagar recorded the second singles win of the night for the Tigers in a 6-4, 6-4 win against Brailovsky at the No. 4 singles.

Pelletier clinched the match for the Gamecocks at the No. 5 singles in a three set match against Thomas. Pelletier won the first set 6-4 before Thomas equalized by winning the second set 6-1. Pelletier won the third set 6-3 to take the decisive point.

Rodrigues earned the final point of the night by defeating Monroe at the No. 1 singles. Rodrigues won the first set 6-1 before Monroe struck back by winning the second set 7-5. Rodrigues would go on to win the third set 6-1 and give South Carolina the final point of the night.

Up Next

The Tigers will head to Nashville for a matchup with Vanderbilt on Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. CT.

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#18 South Carolina 5, #32 LSU 2
Singles competition
1. #5 Paul Jubb (SC) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #93 Daniel Rodrigues (SC) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
3. Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Raphael Lambling (SC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) def. Joseph Brailovsky (SC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Beau Pelletier (SC) def. Joey Thomas (LSU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
6. Thomas Brown (SC) def. Daniel Moreno (LSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #63 Paul Jubb/Raphael Lambling (SC) def. Daniel Moreno/Shane Monroe (LSU) 6-3
2. #51 Joey Thomas/Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Jake Beasley/Joseph Brailovsky (SC) 6-4
3. Beau Pelletier/Daniel Rodrigues (SC) def. Boris Kozlov/Nick Watson (LSU) 7-6 (10-8)
Match Notes:
LSU 14-7, 2-6 SEC; National ranking #32
South Carolina 14-6, 4-5 SEC; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,6,4,5,2)
Official: Lee Ward