Tigers Sweep Alcorn State in Spring Opener, 7-0
Baton Rouge—The LSU men’s tennis team defeated Alcorn State, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
LSU started the afternoon off hot, rolling through the Braves in doubles. Redshirt junior Joey Thomas and RS freshman Tomas Descarrega were the first to victory on court three, defeating Alcorn State’s Kareem Bowe and Santiago Rocca, 6-1. Freshman Ben Koch and RS junior Malik Bhatnagar clinched the doubles point on court one, defeating Stojan Stojanovski and David Pata, 6-3.
The Tigers quickly sped through singles after the conclusion of doubles. Three 6-0, 6-0 sweeps helped LSU finish the match in a little under two hours. Due to Alcorn State only having five athletes, LSU started off with a 2-0 lead. Ben Koch pushed the Tigers lead to 3-0 after a sweep over Dakota Fernandez and shortly after, Boris Kozlov secured the victory for LSU after completing the second sweep over Sanitago Rocca, putting LSU up 4-0. Joey Thomas completed the last clean sweep of the day over Kareem Bowe, pushing the lead to 5-0. The teams played the last two matches out and Ronald Hohmann put the Tigers up 6-0 after a 6-1, 6-4 victory on court one over David Pata. Malik Bhatnagar completed the 7-0 sweep after a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stojan Stojanovski.
The Tigers stay home for another date with Alcorn State on Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m.
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LSU 7, Alcorn State 0
Singles (5, 4, 3, 1, 2)
Ronald Hohmann (LSU) def. David Pata (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) def. Stojan Stojanovski (ASU) 6-2, 6-2
Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Santiago Rocca (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Kareem Bowe (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
Ben Koch (LSU) def. Dakota Fernandez (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
Tomas Descarrega (LSU) 0-0 (W)
Doubles (2, 1)
Bhatnagar/Koch (LSU) def. Pata/Stojanovski (ASU) 6-3
Descarrega/Thomas (LSU) def. Rocca/Bowe (ASU) 6-1