AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn was on the short end of a 4-3 men’s tennis decision at LSU Friday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex in Baton Rouge.
Auburn got off to a good start in doubles, as Carles Sarrio and Matteo De Vincentis took down Nik Samardzic and Julian Saborio on court two 7-5, but the other two matches went to tiebreakers at 6-6 and LSU won both by 7-6 scores to clinch the doubles point.
In singles, Sarrio jumped out and put Auburn on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court four, and Brandon Laubser posted a 6-2, 6-4 win on court six to give Auburn a 2-1 team lead. Tad Maclean posted a three-set win on court five by a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 score, and the match came down to the play of Olle Thestrup on court three. Thestrup’s match with Nik Samardzic went three sets, but LSU was a 6-0 winner in the third period to clinch the team win.
Auburn is 12-16 overall and 1-10 in SEC play. LSU has a 9-14 overall record and a 2-9 mark in SEC action. The Tigers finish the regular season Sunday facing No. 5 Texas A&M at noon CT at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. The SEC men’s tennis championships are April 25-28 at Alabama.
LSU 4, Auburn 3
#91 Shane Monroe (LSU) def. Edward Nguyen (AU) 6-4, 7-6 (1)
Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. #86 Matteo De Vincentis (AU) 7-6 (1), 6-3
Nik Samardzic (LSU) def. Olle Thestrup (AU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Carles Sarrio (AU) def. Julian Saborio (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
Tad Maclean (AU) def. Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
Brandon Laubser (AU) def. Stewart Block (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
Wagner/Moreno (LSU) def. Thestrup/Maclean (AU) 7-6 (7-4)
Sarrio/De Vincentis (AU) def. Samardzic/Saborio (LSU) 7-5
Block/Monroe (LSU) def. Laubser/Diego Chavarria (AU) 7-6 (10-8)
Order of finish: Doubles: 2,3,1; Singles: 4,6,2,1,5,3