FORT WORTH, Texas — No. 4 TCU scored a 4-0 over No. 36 LSU on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
“TCU played a great match from the beginning,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “We certainly didn’t play our best today, certainly in doubles, but I thought the guys responded well, and a few of the guys were starting to turn things around at the end.”
“This LSU team really took a turn about mid-season. They really did a good job at giving themselves the opportunity to make it to the tournament and to finish strong. A lot of credit to this team for responding to some of our demands and really handling it well.”
The Tigers trailed 1-0 heading to singles after losses on courts one and two in doubles. Court two’s Justin Butsch and Tam Trinh fell 6-1 to Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nuñez, followed by a 6-0 loss from the No. 6 duo of Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias to No. 65 Hudson Blake and Reese Stalder.
In singles, Cameron Norrie, the No. 5 player in the country, defeated Daigle 6-2, 6-2, while Jerry Lopez topped Andrew Korinek 6-4, 6-4. Trevor Johnson defeated Nikola Samardzic 6-3, 7-5.
“I have to give TCU credit,” Brown said. “They played at a very high level. We are excited going forward with our top three guys coming back and with our new recruits coming in.”
LSU’s Daigle will participate in the singles competition as well as in doubles with Arias as his partner in the NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships in Tulsa, May 25-30.
#4 TCU 4, #36 LSU 0
Singles: 1. #5 Cameron Norrie def. #44 Jordan Daigle 6-2, 6-2; 2. #24 Alex Rybakov vs. #74 Justin Butsch 6-3, 5-3, unfinished; 3. #86 Guillermo Nuñez vs. Gabor Csonka 6-2, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished; 4. Jerry Lopez def. Andrew Korinek 6-4, 6-4; 5. Eduardo Nava vs. Boris Arias 6-3, 5-3, unfinished; 6. Trevor Johnson def. Nikola Samardzic 6-3, 7-5
Doubles: 1. #65 Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder def. #6 Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias 6-0; 2. Trevor Johnson/Guillermo Nuñez def. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh 6-1; 3. Cameron Norrie/Alex Rybakov vs. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek 4-1, unfinished
VIRGINIA DEFEATS LADY TIGERS: In Charlottesville, Va., eighteenth-ranked LSU’s run in the NCAA tournament ended wioth a 4-2 loss to No. 14 Virginia on Saturday at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
“We have to give Virginia a lot of credit,” LSU co-coach Julia Sell said. “This match was about pressure-filled moments, and they stayed calm and composed. They are used to being in this position. I was proud of the way we fought from the very beginning though. We are going to learn from this and build from it toward next season.”
The Lady Tigers finished the season 19-12 in one of the best seasons in school history.
#14 Virginia 4, #18 LSU 2
Singles: 1. #2 Danielle Collins (UVA) def. #22 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) 6-1, 6-2; 2. #12 Julia Elbaba (UVA) vs. #59 Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-4, 5-7, 5-2, unfinished; 3. #97 Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Ryann Foster (LSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; 4. Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 7-5, 7-5; 5. Abby Owens (LSU) def. Erica Susi (UVA) 6-3, 6-1; 6. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Cassie Mercer (UVA) 6-2, 6-1
Doubles: 1. Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Ryann Foster/Abby Owens (LSU) 6-4; 2. Cassie Mercer/Stephanie Nauta (UVA) def. Skylar Holloway/Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 7-6 (7-3); 3. Joana Vale Costa/Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Julia Elbaba/Erica Susi (UVA) 6-1