The No. 33 LSU men’s tennis team (11-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) will host No. 11 Vanderbilt (13-3, 3-1) at noon Sunday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium before facing UNO at 5 p.m.
“With such highly ranked teams throughout the SEC it is very important that we isolate every match,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “We are squarely focused on Vanderbilt until that match is over.”
Vanderbilt has the nation’s No. 1 doubles team in Gonzales Austin and Rhys Johnson. Austin is also ranked 10th in singles.
LSU’s Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle, ranked No. 1 18, will match up with Vanderbilt’s top team.
After opening Southeastern Conference play 2-0 for the first time since 1998, the Tigers fell to 2-2.
“Each week is an opportunity to play a highly-ranked team and this week is no different,” Brown said.
The Tigers are undefeated at home at 10-0.
No. 6 LSU at Talis Park Challenge: After opening the month of March by tying for seventh place at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, the No. 6 LSU men’s golf team will be back in action this weekend with a trip to Naples, Florida, to compete at the second-annual Talis Park Challenge.
The tournament is hosted by Ball State University on Sunday and Monday at Talis Park Golf Club.
The two-day, 54-hole championship begins with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. both Sunday and Monday. Talis Park Golf Club will play to a par-71 and 6,891 yards.
LSU is expected to battle Southeastern Conference rivals Vanderbilt, the defending champion, and Texas A&M for the team title.
The Commodores are ranked No. 5, and the Aggies are No. 46.
All-Americans Ben Taylor (72.27 strokes per round average) and Stewart Jolly (72.53) will lead the Tigers.
Junior Zach Wright returns to the lineup on the back of his first top-10 finish of the season.
LSU is paired with Ball State and Vanderbilt on Sunday as they will tee off from holes Nos. 1-4 with a shotgun start. Live scoring can be found online at www.birdiefire.com.
Tigers drop matches to Jacksonville, Georgia State: In St. Augustine, Florida, the LSU sand volleyball team opened the University of North Florida Sand Invitational on Saturday by dropping a pair of 3-2 matches against Jacksonville and No. 11 Georgia State.
“When you lose so close and know the opportunities you left on the table, it’s frustrating,” LSU coach Russell Brock said. “Our goal is to move forward and recognize what we need to improve on.
“The nice thing about this is that we can come out (Sunday) and improve and do better,” Brock said.
The Tigers will face Florida International at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and College of Charleston at 10:30 a.m.
Jacksonville State 3, LSU 2
Koop-Strausbaugh def. Lindelow-Orellana (LSU) 21-18, 21-14
Leak-Molle (LSU) def. Prestes-Laskelle 21-15, 26-24
Boyle-Whalen (LSU) Finan-Gesualdo 21-13, 21-18
Greshem-Swan def. Ehrle-Wood (LSU) 21-19, 19-21, 16-14
Babowicz-Nushtayeva def. Hiller/Young (LSU) 21-16, 21-15, 15-11
Georgia State 3, LSU 2
Lindelow-Orellana (LSU) def. Button/Olivova 14-21, 21-11,15-5
Rawls-Elson def. Leak-Molle (LSU) 21-14, 21-17
Boyle-Wood (LSU) def. Pickering-Dostalava 21-18, 22-20
Wilson-Rohan def. Whalen-Ehrle (LSU) 21-11, 21-7
Interwies-Fourspring def. Raicrvick-Morris (LSU) 22-20, 21-14
LSU 1, Auburn 1: In Auburn, Alabama, the LSU soccer team tied Auburn 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.