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.”
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).
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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