Watson, Descarrega Breeze Through Day One of ITA Southern Regional

by Christian Verde
Watson, Descarrega Breeze Through Day One of ITA Southern Regional

Auburn, Alabama—Two members of the LSU men’s tennis team moved onto the third round of the qualifying stage Thursday in the ITA Southern Regional taking place in Auburn, Alabama.

Sophomore Nick Watson and freshman Tomas Descarrega went a perfect 2-0, winning both matches in straight sets. The Tigers went 3-0 in the first round, with senior Ruy Teixeira adding a win against the #13 seed from UAB 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Watson and Descarrega breezed past their first-round opponents. Watson defeated Alabama State 6-2, 6-0, while Descarrega defeated Troy 6-0, 6-4.

In the second round, Watson faced off against Southern Mississippi and won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Descarrega continued to impress, winning 6-2, 6-4 against Louisiana-Lafayette. Teixeira went against Auburn, but fell 6-2, 6-3.

Watson and Descarrega will wrap up qualifying draws Friday with a chance to move onto the singles main draw, which start on Saturday. Doubles play will also begin Friday, but all three duos’ start off with a first-round bye.

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Day One Results

First Round

Nick Watson (LSU) def. Trajkovski (ALA ST) 6-2, 6-0

Ruy Teixeira (LSU) def. Postolka (UAB) #13 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Tomas Descarrega (LSU) def. Anton Talaya (TROY) 6-0, 6-4

Second Round

Nick Watson (LSU) def. Matthieu Peres (USM) 6-4, 6-2

Tomas Descarrega (LSU) def. Pierce Gilheany (ULL) 6-2, 6-4

Spencer Gray (AUB) def. Ruy Teixeira (LSU) 6-2, 6-3

Day Two Draws

Nick Watson (LSU) v. Tim Ruetzel (Tulane) | Friday, 11:00 a.m.

Tomy Descarrega (LSU) v. Cotter Wilson (Ole Miss) | Friday, 11:00 a.m.