NAPLES, Fla. — The LSU men’s tennis team continued had an up-and-down afternoon on Day 4 of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational, winning three of its nine doubles matches.
The Tigers won one of four matches in Flight 1 and followed with wins in two of five matches in Flight 2.
LSU is using this invitational as an opportunity to make adjustments and experiment with different doubles combinations ahead of the team’s first dual match against Lamar on Jan. 18.
The teams of senior Chris Simpson and junior Tam Trinh; junior Andrew Korinek and freshman Simon Freund; and sophomore John Michael Busch and junior Harrison Kennedy grabbed victories.
“We have been able to make some adjustments with teams and the team has benefited from this week,” coach Jeff Brown said. “We want to finish strong tomorrow and get some momentum going into our first match.”
The Tigers wrap up play at the FGCU Invitational at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Women, men fall to Tennessee: The LSU swimming and diving team lost to Tennessee in the final home dual meet of the season, falling 159-135 on the women’s side and 184.5-106.5 on the men’s side.
Kara Kopcso led the squad with three wins. The sophomore swept the fly events and won the 400 IM.
“She has had a good few weeks of training,” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “She responds differently than other people, so she is always able to compete at a high level. It’s right about where we expected her to be at this point.”
Three men finished second in the meet — Logan Rysemus in the 100 back (50.39), Silas Dejean in the 100 breast (56.47) and Alex Linge in the 100 free (45.34). Grant Grenfell and Devin McCaffrey also finished third in the 100 back (50.90) and 50 free (20.73), respectively.
“We were definitely sharper than we were last week,” Geyer added. “We could have made some modifications to our schedule and swam faster. Our goal though is to swim fast at the end of the season. Our men battled harder in the second half of the meet and threw down some better times.”
On the diving side, Alex Bettridge finished first on one-meter with a score of 317.93. Cassie Weil won three-meter with a score of 307.80 and also finished second on one-meter (278.03).
“We had some good performances today,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We weren’t as consistent nor did we compete as well as we need to going forward with the season. Overall, I am pleased.”
We had some rocky spots, and I think there were some places we could have done better.”
LSU competes at Texas A&M on Jan. 24.