The No. 33 LSU men’s tennis team returns to the friendly confines of W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium at noon Friday where they will take on No. 11 Vanderbilt.
After opening Southeastern Conference play 2-0 for the first time since 1998, the Tigers (11-3, 2-2 SEC) fell to 2-2 on the season. coach Jeff Brown said that the SEC is a loaded conference and his team remains confident.
“With such highly ranked teams throughout the SEC it is very important that we isolate every match,” Brown said. “We are squarely focused on Vanderbilt until that match is over.”
The Commodores (13-3, 3-1) will pose several challenges for the Tigers across the lineup. Vanderbilt sports the No. 1 ranked doubles team with senior Gonzales Austin and junior Rhys Johnson. Austin is also ranked 10th in singles.
The LSU team of junior Boris Arias and sophomore Jordan Daigle, ranked 18, will be key in matching up with the doubles prowess of Vanderbilt.
“Each week is an opportunity to play a highly-ranked team and this week is no different,” Brown said.
The Tigers are currently undefeated at home with a 10-0 record.
TIGERS HOST a&m: The 32nd-ranked LSU women’s tennis team (11-5, 2-2 SEC) takes on No. 46 Texas A&M (4-3, 2-1 SEC) at 4 p.m. Friday at W.T. ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium.
“Texas A&M is a top program and they are far better than their ranking shows,” coach Julia Sell said. “We were in a battle last year and we are expecting another great match. Our goal is to be our best in May and we really believe that we have to get better.”
Joana Vale Costa moved to 7-4 and 2-1 in SEC play over the weekend and is rated 40th. Vale Costa clinched the match for LSU over South Carolina on court one in a three-set thriller.
Abby Owens is 10-3 on the year and 2-1 in SEC play after her win on court four.
Texas A&M comes to Baton Rouge with four players in the latest ITA singles ranking. All three doubles pairs are also in the latest rankings.