Thomas Secures Win as Men's Tennis Falls to Vandy, 5-2

by Alissa Cavaretta
Thomas Secures Win as Men's Tennis Falls to Vandy, 5-2

BATON ROUGE- Sophomore Joey Thomas picked up a win on court five and the Tigers secured the doubles point as the LSU men’s tennis team dropped its match to Vanderbilt, 5-2, Thursday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex

With the win, Vanderbilt improves to 14-7 on the year and 4-5 in SEC action while LSU drops to 14-8 and 2-7 in league play.

Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi on the Match
“Today was disappointing after playing a solid doubles point. Vanderbilt just took it to us in singles. This group has done a great job preparing and competing all year, and we know that we will bounce back and play better on Saturday.”

Doubles Point
No. 39 Rafael Wagner and Joey Thomas were the first pair off of the court after taking a 6-3 match from Max Freeman and Macsen Sisam on court two.

On court three, Boris Kozlov and Nick Watson earned a 6-4 win against George Harwell and Christiaan Worst to give LSU the 1-0 advantage in singles play.

Singles Results
Vanderbilt secured four-straight singles courts to clinch the match.

The Commodores earned their first point on court one when No. 77 Cameron Klinger worked a straight-set, 6-1, 6-4 win against Shane Monroe.

On court six, Marcus Ferreira defeated Watson, 6-4, 6-3, and Malik Bhatnagar fell to Sisam on court four, 6-1, 7-6.

Vanderbilt clinched the match on court three when Billy Rowe defeated No. 87 Kozlov, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.

The Commodores took the 5-1 lead on court two when Wagner dropped his match against Harwell, 7-5, 6-7, 1-0(7).

The Tigers finalized the score when Thomas earned his win against Panu Virtanen on court five, 3-6, 7-6, 1-0(7).

Next Up
LSU will return to action with a double header Saturday at the LSU Tennis Complex. The Tigers will start the day with a match at noon CT against Kentucky and will follow with a 5 p.m. CT match against Nicholls.

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