Men’s Tennis Concludes Fall Season

by Christian Verde
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Men’s Tennis Concludes Fall Season

Baton Rouge—The LSU men’s tennis team wrapped up the Four-In-The-Fall tournament against Alabama and Vanderbilt in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday afternoon.

This concludes the men’s tennis Fall season after three tournaments against SEC opponents.

Day One

The Tigers struggled in doubles on Friday, walking away empty handed after round one. Sophomore Tomas Descarrega and freshman Tom Pisane pushed their match to a tiebreak, but couldn’t put it away, falling to Gschwendtner/Shugar from Alabama, 7-6(2). The junior duo of Boris Kozlov and Nick Watson were defeated by Kaukovalta/Roberto from Alabama, 6-3. Freshman Ben Koch and senior Joey Thomas had the same result, a defeat from Fischer/Nesterov from Alabama, 6-3. Sophomore Ronald Hohmann and senior Rafael Wagner faced Freeman/Harwell from Vanderbilt but were defeated 6-3.

LSU saw success later on Friday, receiving three wins in singles. Kozlov got the Tigers their first win of the day, defeating James Ignatowich from Vanderbilt in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Nick Watson followed that up with a comeback win over Avi Shugar from Alabama. He dropped the first set 1-6, but dominated the next two sets, receiving the win 1-6, 6-2, 6-1. Tomas Descarrega also dropped his first set and went on to win the next two, defeating Gabriel Diaz Freire from Alabama 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Vincent Rekette from Alabama defeated Tom Pisane in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Ronald Hohmann fell in straight sets as well to Zhe Zhou, 6-3, 6-4. Ben Koch was defeated by Nesterov from Alabama 6-3, 6-3. Malik Bhatnagar faced Macsen Sisam from Vanderbilt and fell 6-4, 6-4. Rafael Wagner won his first set but dropped the next two to Max Freeman from Vanderbilt, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Day Two

Saturday saw the Tigers receive their first doubles victory of the weekend when Hohmann/Wagner took down Diaz Freire/Zhou from Alabama, 6-4. Bhatnagar/Koch fell to Rettke/Sepulveda Garza from Alabama 6-3. Kozlov/Watson were defeated by Ferreria/Sisam from Vanderbilt 6-1, and Pisane/Descarrega were blanked by Fischer/Nesterov from Alabama, 6-0.

Just like Friday, the Tigers put three wins in the singles column. Hohmann defeated Kaukovalta in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Ben Koch won in straight sets over Connor Robb-Wilcox from Vanderbilt as well, winning the first set 6-3. The second set went to a tiebreak where Koch came out on top, 6-3, 7-6(4). Wagner saw his first set go to a tiebreak as well, but it went the opposite way as he fell 6-7(2). He rebounded after that, winning the next two sets and the match 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4. Nick Watson won his first set over Fischer from Alabama, but dropped the next two, falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kozlov was defeated by Gschwendter, 6-2, 6-1. Pisane was defeated by Roberto, 6-1, 6-1. Bhatnagar fell to Ferreria, 6-0, 6-2.

Day Three

Day three saw two wins for the Tigers in doubles. Hohmann/Wagner followed up yesterday’s win with another, taking down Koukovalta/Roberto, 6-3. Bhatnagar/Koch breezed through Vanderbilt’s Robb-Wilcox/Straberg, 6-2. Kozlov and Joey Thomas were defeated by Alabama’s Gschwendtner/Sepulveda Garza, 6-2. Descarrega/Pisane fell to Alabama’s Rettke/Shugar, 6-2.

The Tigers saved the best for last, racking up four wins in singles on Sunday. Ben Koch won in straight sets, only letting Alabama’s Fischer get three sets, winning the match 6-2, 6-1. Rafael Wagner followed that up by breezing through Alabama’s Zhou, 6-1, 6-3. Boris Kozlov took down Alabama’s Diaz Freire, 7-5, 6-2. Ronald Hohmann’s match went three sets but Hohmann got the Tigers their fourth win, defeating Vanderbilt’s Harwell, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Malik Bhatnagar was defeated by Alabama’s Roberto, 6-2, 6-2. Vanderbilt’s Macsen Sisam defeated Tom Pisane 6-2, 6-3. Tomas Descarrega was defeated by Nesterov from Alabama, 6-3, 6-1.

Coaches Corner

“We felt grateful to be able to play because most teams across the country haven’t been able to,” Co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “We started the fall slow; a few guys aren’t exactly where they want to be. It was a huge positive to have our most successful day of the fall on our last day.”

Day One Results

Patrick Kaukovalta/Riccardo Roberto (Alabama) def. Boris Kozlov/Nick Watson (LSU) 6-3

Max Freeman/George Harwell (Vanderbilt) def. Ronald Hohmann/Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-2

Sam Fischer/Alexey Nesterov (Alabama) def. Ben Koch/Joey Thomas (LSU) 6-3

Jeremy Gschwendtner/Avi Shugar (Alabama) def. Tomas Descarrega/Tom Pisane (LSU) 7-6(2)

Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. James Ignatowich (Vanderbilt) 6-4, 6-3

Nick Watson (LSU) def. Avi Shugar (Alabama) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1

Tomas Descarrega (LSU) def. Gabriel Diaz Freire (Alabama) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Zhe Zhou (Alabama) def. Ronald Hohmann (LSU) 6-3, 6-4

Vincent Rettke (Alabama) def. Tom Pisane (LSU) 6-1, 6-2

Max Freeman (Vanderbilt) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Alexey Nesterov (Alabama) def. Ben Koch (LSU) 6-3, 6-3

Macsen Sisam (Vanderbilt) def. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 6-4, 6-4

Day Two Results

Ronald Hohmann/Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Gabriel Diaz Freire/Zhe Zhou (Alabama) 6-4

Sam Fischer/Alexey Nesterov (Alabama) def. Tomas Descarrega/Tom Pisane (LSU) 6-0

Vincent Rettke/M. Sepulveda Garza (Alabama) def. Malik Bhatnagar/Ben Koch (LSU) 6-3

Marcus Ferreira/Macsen Sisam (Vanderbilt) def. Boris Kozlov/Nick Watson (LSU) 6-1

Ronald Hohmann (LSU) def. Patrick Kaukovalta (Alabama) 6-4, 6-4

Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. George Harwell (Vanderbilt) 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4

Ben Koch (LSU) def. Connor Robb-Wilcox (Vanderbilt) 6-3, 7-6(4)

Riccardo Roberto (Alabama) def. Tom Pisane (LSU) 6-1, 6-1

Jeremy Gschwendtner (Alabama) def. Boris Kozlov (LSU) 6-2, 6-1

Marcus Ferreira (Vanderbilt) def. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 6-0, 6-2

Sam Fischer (Alabama) def. Nick Watson (LSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Day Three Results

Ronald Hohmann/Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. P. Kaukovalta/Riccardo Roberto (Alabama) 6-3

Malik Bhatnagar/Ben Koch (LSU) def. Connor Robb-Wilcox/Adam Sraberg (Vanderbilt) 6-2

J. Gschwendtner/M. Sepulveda Garza (Alabama) def. Boris Kozlov/Joey Thomas (LSU) 6-2

Vincent Rettke/Avi Shugar (Alabama) def. Tomas Descarrega/Tom Pisane (LSU) 6-2

Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Zhe Zhou (Alabama) 6-1, 6-3

Ronald Hohmann (LSU) def. George Harwell (Vanderbilt) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

Ben Koch (LSU) def. Sam Fischer (Alabama) 6-2, 6-1

Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Gabriel Diaz Freire (Alabama) 7-5, 6-2

Riccardo Roberto (Alabama) def. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 6-2, 6-2

Alexey Nesterov (Alabama) def. Tomas Descarrega (LSU) 6-3, 6-1

Macsen Sisam (Vanderbilt) def. Tom Pisane (LSU) 6-2, 6-3