Men’s Tennis Gears Up for All-LSU Doubles Final

by Christian Verde
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Men’s Tennis Gears Up for All-LSU Doubles Final

Baton Rouge—The LSU men’s tennis team advanced two duos to the Olivier Borsos Invitational doubles final Saturday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.

Doubles

It was an impressive doubles day for the Tigers, notching five wins in six matches and placing two in the championship. The quarterfinals started off with Malik Bhatnagar/Ben Koch taking down Malesevic/Strickland from Mississippi State 8-5. Nick Watson/Boris Kozlov advanced to the semis with an 8-6 victory over Rollins/Marson from Texas A&M. Rafael Wagner/Ronald Hohmann notched the perfect 3/3 with a tiebreak victory over Vacherot/Schachter from Texas A&M, 9-8(4). With three of the four semifinalist spots reserved by LSU, it pitted a Battle of the Tigers within Bhatnagar/Koch and Watson/Kozlov. The sophomore duo of Watson/Kozlov booked their ticket to the double’s finals on Sunday with an 8-4 victory over Malik Bhatnagar/Ben Koch. Rafael Wagner/Ronald Hohmann guaranteed an LSU champion, defeating Broska/Ocana from Mississippi State 8-5.

Singles

The Tigers had no matches in the main draw but had five in the consolation bracket. Malik Bhatnagar bounced back from singles yesterday and defeated Arkansas 7-6(4), 6-2. Ben Koch took on Mississippi State but couldn’t hang on to the win, losing 6-2, 6-4. Nick Watson was defeated by Arkansas, 6-2, 6-3. Boris Kozlov pushed the first set to a tiebreak but ended up dropping the first and second set, being defeated by Texas A&M 7-6(5), 6-3. Freshman Tom Pisane had a hard-fought match, but couldn’t break through to take a set, defeated by Arkansas 7-6(5), 7-5.

The All-LSU doubles final starring Nick Watson and Boris Kozlov v. Rafael Wagner and Ronald Hohmann will kick off at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, then finish the tournament with the singles finals after.

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