The LSU men’s tennis team (5-3) will host No. 25 Kentucky and UNO beginning Friday at 3 p.m. for the start of Southeastern Conference play.
“Kentucky has been a rival of ours that we’ve gone back and forth with,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “We’re excited about having a good crowd, we’re excited about being outdoors, and we’re excited for SEC play.”
LSU (5-3) leads the dual-match series with Kentucky 30-16 and leads the series with UNO 25-0. Kentucky is 7-4 this season, while UNO is 3-1.
LSU has the No. 20 doubles team in Chris Simpson and Boris Arias. Simpson is also the No. 109 singles player. Kentucky’s Tom Jomby is the No. 14 singles player, and Beck Pennington is ranked No. 99.
Lineups released by the SEC show Simpson is likely to compete against No. 14 Jomby on court one. Both players have only one loss on court one this season.
“There are quite a few good matchups,” Brown said. “I think the lineups will pretty interesting, and it will be a good match. The doubles point should be a big point.”
LSU TRAVELS TO FACE KENTUCKY: In Lexington, Ky., the No. 41 LSU women’s tennis team opens Southeastern Conference play against No. 31 Kentucky on Friday at 10 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.
“SEC season is the most exciting time of year because of all the incredible rivalries and the strength of the conference,” LSU coach Julia Sell said. “We have had a nice break leading into this weekend and we are excited to start competing again. We look forward to a battling a very solid Kentucky team.”
The Lady Tigers (7-2) swept a doubleheader against No. 72 Northwestern State and McNeese State in their last outing. Skylar Holloway notched two victories as LSU topped Northwestern State 5-0 and McNeese State 5-2.
Kentucky is 10-2 on the season.
Joana Vale Costa improved her overall record to 7-1 — the first time a Lady Tiger has won seven of her first eight matches since Kaitlin Burns in 2010.
Kentucky leads the series 18-17 after the Wildcats defeated the Lady Tigers 4-3 last season.
LSU DUO CALLED UP BY NEW ZEALAND FOR CYPRESS CUP: LSU soccer players Megan Lee and Lily Alfeld will compete for New Zealand when the Football Ferns travel to Cypress in early March for the 2014 Cypress Cup
Lee, an All-Southeastern Conference left back, and Alfeld, a Class of 2014 goalkeeper, were among the 20 players named to the senior squad by coach Tony Readings earlier this week.
Lee earned her second international cap with her nation’s senior squad at the Yongchuan International Women’s Tournament in Chongqing, China. and is now a regular with New Zealand’s senior team.
Alfeld was called up for the first time in her career after captaining New Zealand’s Under-20 National Team to a berth in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup earlier this month.