Men’s Tennis Advance Three Duos on Day One
Baton Rouge—The LSU men’s tennis team kicked off the SEC fall season by hosting the Olivier Borsos Invitational on Friday.
Friday morning started off with doubles in which the Tigers picked up where they left last season off and shined. Three of the four LSU duos moved on to the quarterfinals, including an upset of the No. 1 seed and No. 33 ITA ranked duo from Texas A&M. The Senior/Freshman duo of Malik Bhatnagar and Ben Koch pulled off the upset over Juan Carlos Aguilar and Barnaby Smith by a score of 8-6. Nick Watson and Boris Kozlov followed up with a quick 6-0 sweep over Arkansas. Rafael Wagner and Ronald Hohmann clinched the last victory in a tiebreak, winning 9-8(2) over Texas A&M. Tomas Descarrega and Tom Pisane were the lone doubles loss to the No. 2 seed from Mississippi State, 8-4.
The Tigers struggled in singles, going 1-7 against the field. Freshman Tom Pisane represented the only Tigers win. Pisane had an impressive LSU debut, notching his first collegiate win over Arkansas 6-1, 6-3. In the quarterfinals, he won the first set 6-4, but dropped the next two, losing 6-4, 5-7, 4-6. Ben Koch also made his Tiger debut and put up an impressive fight against Mississippi State but was defeated in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Nick Watson also went three sets, but was defeated 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. Tomas Descarrega was defeated by Arkansas, 6-4, 7-5. Boris Kozlov, Hohmann, and Wagner all had first-round byes, but fell in the quarterfinals. Kozlov was defeated 7-6(6), 6-3 to Texas A&M. Hohmann had to retire due to injury in the third set, leaving the match at 7-5, 5-7, 1-0. Wagner retired due to injury as well, leaving the match at 2-6, 6-4, 3-4.
The Tigers are back to work on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. starting with doubles. Another round of doubles follows, and the day will end with singles.
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Tom Pisane (LSU) def. Foster Rogers (ARK) 6-1, 6-3
Stefan Storch (TA&M) def. Tom Pisane (LSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Nicolas Ocana (MSU) def. Ben Koch (LSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Kenner Taylor (TA&M) def. Boris Kozlov (LSU) (2) 7-6(6), 6-3
Hunter Harrison (ARK) def. Tomas Descarrega (LSU) 6-4, 7-5
Aleska Bucan (ARK) def. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Raphael Perot (TA&M) def. Ronald Hohmann (LSU) (4) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (r)
Nicolas Rousset (ARK) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 2-6, 6-4, 3-4 (r)
Day Two Doubles Draw
Bhatnagar/Koch (LSU) v. Malesevic/Strickland (MSU)
Watson/Kozlov (LSU) v. Rollins/Marson (TA&M)
Wagner/Hohmann (LSU) v. Vacherot/Schacter (TA&M)