KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — LSU’s Boris Arias got a 0-6, 6-2, 7-6 victory against Tennessee’s Preston Touliatos and the LSU men’s tennis team edged the Volunteers 4-3 Friday at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
“Finding a way to win in a tough situation is a special thing,” Tigers coach Jeff Brown said. “It was a tough day. It was very cold, windy and not a lot of atmosphere there.
“We had some guys really step up in Gabor (Csonka), Boris (Arias) and Simon (Freund). They stepped up in a tough situation against a very hungry team, against a desperate team and it was a win that took a lot of character more than great play. It just took a lot of character.”
This win brings LSU to a 13-9 and 4-6 in the SEC. Tennessee fell to 11-13, 0-9.
NO. 12 LSU BEATS TULANE, HOUSTON BAPTIST: In Metairie, the Tigers collected two wins on the first day of the Green Wave Invitational at the White Sands Volleyball Courts. The Tigers defeated Houston Baptist and No. 18 Tulane to improve to 11-4 on the year.
LSU will go for the sweep Saturday morning against Arizona and Georgia State.
“It was a bit of a crazy day,” Tigers associate head coach Russell Brock said. “We didn’t play our best throughout, but we played well enough to get these two wins.
“We need to make sure we win matches and sets that are tight. To win against Tulane at their place is always going to be tough.”
LSU will play Arizona at 10:20 a.m.
TIGERS FALL TO No. 4 GEORGIA 5-2: The 16th-ranked Tigers secured singles wins on courts four and five in a loss to Georgia on Friday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
LSU fell to 16-9, 5-6 in the SEC, while Georgia improved to 16-2, 8-1.
“I think we may have overplayed a little today and it hurt us,” LSU co-head coach Julia Sell said. “We have to play our games and not worry about who we are playing.”
UGA took the doubles point and topped the Lady Tigers on the top three courts. Caroline Brinson and Laura Patterson took down Skylar Kuykendall and Skylar Holloway, 6-2. Silvia Garcia and Kennedy Shaffer followed with a 6-3 win over Owens and Ryann Foster, 6-3.
In singles play, UGA took the first set on five of six singles courts. Sixth-ranked Ellen Perez defeated No. 20 Joana Vale Costa 6-4, 6-0 for the Bulldogs’ first singles point.
LSU returns to action at
11 a.m. Sunday against No. 75 Tennessee. The final regular season match at the LSU Tennis Complex marks Senior Day for Skylar Kuykendall and Ella Taylor.