Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 23 Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, MS—The LSU men’s tennis team was defeated by No. 23 Mississippi State, Sunday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre in Starkville, MS.
The Tigers fall to 9-6 on the season and 1-5 in SEC play.
Both doubles and singles came down to the wire in Starkville on a windy Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs were the first to strike in doubles, defeating Boris Kozlov and Nick Watson, 6-3. Court one and two found themselves both tied at 5-5, and neither Tiger duo looked back from there. No. 60 Ronald Hohmann and Rafael Wagner won two straight sets, defeating Broska/Ramskogler, 7-5. Court two came down to a tiebreak where Joao Graca and Joey Thomas clinched the doubles point, 7-6(6).
The Tigers and Bulldogs took turns gaining and taking the lead all throughout singles. Mississippi State quickly tied it up with a win on court three over Tom Pisane, 6-3, 6-1. No. 99 Ronald Hohmann took on No. 87 Florian Broska. Though Hohmann took the second set to a tiebreak, it wasn’t enough as he fell, 6-1, 7-6(3). The Tigers came storming back and tied it up after Benjamin Ambrosio defeated Nicolas Ocana, 6-3, 6-4. Shortly after, Boris Kozlov put the Tigers up, 3-2, after a victory on court five, 6-3, 6-4. Once again, Mississippi State tied it up at court three after Nemenja Malesevic took down Rafael Wagner, 6-3, 7-5. All eyes turned to court four’s third set between LSU’s Joao Graca and MSU’s Carles Hernandez. Graca took the first set, 6-3, and was up 2-1 in the second set. Hernandez came back and finished the second set off, 6-4. Graca wasn’t able to overcome the 4-1 deficit to start the third set and dropped the match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, clinching the victory for Mississippi State.
Co-Head Coach Chris Brandi
On the weekend’s performance…
“We learned a lot of this weekend. Today, we left a win on the table. A few things went our way at the beginning, but we didn’t seize the opportunity. We’re going to need our young guys to learn fast so we can be better down the stretch.”
The Tigers will be back on the road come Friday, March 12 to face the Arkansas Razorbacks at 5:00 p.m. in Fayetteville, AR.
#23 Mississippi State 4, #38 LSU 3
1. #87 Florian Broska (MS) def. #99 Ronald Hohmann (LSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Nemanja Malesevic (MS) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Alberto Colas (MS) def. Tom Pisane (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Carles Hernandez (MS) def. Joao Graca (LSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Gregor Ramskogler (MS) 6-3, 6-4
6. Benjamin Ambrosio (LSU) def. Nicolas Ocana (MS) 6-3, 6-4
LSU 9-6, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #38
Mississippi State 10-4, 1-3 SEC; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,6,5,2,4)