Men's Tennis Set to Face Ole Miss Friday

by Alissa Cavaretta
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Men's Tennis Set to Face Ole Miss Friday

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team is set to square off against Ole Miss Friday at 5 p.m. CT in the LSU Tennis Complex.

Admission to all matches in the LSU Tennis Complex is free. Friday’s match is student point night, and there will be a raffle for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop for all fans in attendance. Fans can follow the match at www.LSUstats.com and on Twitter @LSUtennis. The match also can be streamed online at LSUsports.net/tennisvideo.

Thoughts from Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi
“We need to come out with the same mentality that we did last Saturday. When we do that, we’re a tough team. It’s time to protect our home court in the last night match of the season.”

The Matchup
LSU has the all-time advantage in the series with Ole Miss, 47-18. Last time out, Ole Miss took a 4-1 match from the Tigers in Oxford, Mississippi. Rafael Wagner earned the Tigers’ sole point in the match on court three.

Tiger Tidbits
The Tigers are 16-8 on the year and 3-7 in conference action with wins against Auburn, Arkansas and Kentucky.

LSU went 2-1 last week, dropping a Thursday match in Nashville to Vanderbilt, 5-2. However, the Tigers roared back Saturday with back-to-back dominating 4-0 wins against Kentucky and Nicholls in Baton Rouge.

In the latest ITA poll, the Tigers are No. 36 as a team, and freshman Boris Kozlov has remained in the singles rankings at No. 107. Doubles pair Rafael Wagner and Joey Thomas checked in at No. 42 in doubles.

Kozlov leads the field with a 15-3 record in the dual season. Eleven of those wins have come from court four, and he has a perfect 4-0 record on court three along with a win against ranked opponent.

Thomas and Wagner have recorded 12 wins in the dual season and have split time between courts one and two with eight wins coming from the top court and four on court two.

Notes on the Rebels
Ole Miss has won seven of its last nine matches and has an overall 15-10 record on the season and is 4-6 in conference play.
The Rebels are led in singles play by No. 60 Tim Sankaulen, who holds a 12-8 record on court one. Fabian Fallert and Finn Reynolds are No. 31 on the doubles court, and Sandkaulen and Filip Kraljevic have paired in doubles to be the No. 47 duo.

Social Center
For up-to-date information and behind-the-scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s tennis team on Twitter and Instagram at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.