COLUMBIA, S.C. — The No. 33 LSU men’s tennis team closed its weekend road trip with a 4-1 loss to No. 25 South Carolina at the Carolina Tennis Center on Sunday.
“Splitting on the road in the SEC is good at this point when you look at the quality of the teams,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “You’d like to win them all, but you can’t. Florida played well in singles. We’ll get back to Baton Rouge and get recharged for the week.”
All three doubles matches came down to the wire.
On court one, Olivier Borsos and Roger Anderson defeated South Carolina’s Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov 9-8, but South Carolina’s Andrew Adams and Thiago Pinheiro bested LSU’s Chris Simpson and Boris Arias 9-7 on court three to even the doubles matches.
LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh defeated Kyle Koch and Harry Menzies on court two 9-7 to win the doubles point and give LSU (9-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) a 1-0 lead.
South Carolina (15-7, 5-3) turned the momentum in singles as Mihov got a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court one over LSU’s Simpson. South Carolina took a 2-1 lead after Menzies defeated Arias 6-3, 6-2 on court six. The Gamecocks extended their lead to 3-1 after Cox bested LSU’s Mark Bowtell 6-3, 6-3.
South Carolina’s Koch clinched the match by defeating LSU’s Trinh on court five 6-3, 7-6 (6).
LSU starts a nine-match homestand Tuesday with a doubleheader against No. 55 Tulane at 2 p.m. and UNO at 7 p.m.
#25 South Carolina 4, #33 LSU 1
1. Tsvetan Mihov (S. Carolina) def. #82 Chris Simpson 6-2, 6-2
2. Andrew Adams (S. Carolina) vs. Stefan Szacinski 6-7, 4-4, unfinished
3. Thiago Pinheiro (S. Carolina) vs. Olivier Borsos 6-7, 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
4. Chip Cox (S. Carolina) def. Mark Bowtell 6-3, 6-3
5. Kyle Koch (S. Carolina) def. Tam Trinh 6-3, 7-6(6)*
6. Harry Menzies (S. Carolina) def. Boris Arias 6-3, 6-2
1. Borsos/Roger Anderson (LSU) def. Cox/Tsvetan Mihov 9-8(4)
2. Szacinski/Trinh (LSU) def. Koch/Menzies 9-7*
3. Adams/Pinheiro (USC) def. Simpson/Arias 9-7
SOUTH CAROLINA TOPS LADY TIGERS: LSU concluded its home season with a 5-1 loss to No. 31 South Carolina on Sunday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
The trio of Kaitlin Burns, Keri Frankenberger and Ebie Wilson were honored during Senior Day festivities before the match.
Because of the possibility of inclement weather, doubles matches were not played. LSU dropped to 8-12 overall and 1-9 in the Southeastern Conference.
LSU’s Ella Taylor notched a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Elixane Lechemia to give Taylor a four-match winning streak and her 20th career singles win.
The Gamecocks (11-8, 4-5) got the first five victories of the day, and Josefin Andersson defeated Frankenberger 6-0, 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the match.
“We need to cut out the unforced errors,” LSU coach Julia S. Sell said. “I feel like we really had a lot of mental lapses on a lot of courts today. We’re a team in development. (The team is) not used to working this hard day in and day out, and today was the first time I saw them be mentally fatigued.”
LSU travels to fifth-ranked Georgia on Friday at 3 p.m. at Dan Magill Complex.
#31 South Carolina 5, #54 LSU 1
1. #87 Jaklin Alawi (S. Carolina) def. #114 Kaitlin Burns 6-0, 6-3
2. #98 Katerina Popova (S. Carolina) def. Mary Jeremiah 6-2, 6-1
3. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Elixane Lechemia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Dominika Kanakova (S. Carolina) def. Ariel Morton 6-1, 6-1
5. Ximena Siles Luna (S. Carolina) def. Ebie Wilson 6-2, 6-1
6. Josefin Andersson (S. Carolina) def. Keri Frankenberger 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
1. #50 Alawi/Kanakova vs. Jeremiah/Morton no result
2. Popova/Andersson vs. Wilson/Frankenberger no result
3. Lechemia/Siles Luna vs. Burns/Taylor no result