Jan. 21, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team dropped a hard-fought 6-1 match to No. 24 LSU Monday afternoon at the W. T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium in the season-opener.
"I was very happy with the way we competed today," Coach Ki Kroll said. "I thought we were competitive in every match. At No. 1, Matt played very well in getting us a point. Andrew and Paulo also had tough matches, losing in three sets. Overall, it was a good team performance."
LSU took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles' point. At No. 1, No. 60 Andrew Goodwin and Matt Frost fell to No. 33 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski, 8-1. The Tigers clinched the point after posting a win a No. 2 when Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh downed Vasco Valverde and Benjamin Feldmann, 8-3. No. 3 doubles were unfinished.
In singles, Mark Bowtell put the Tigers up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Valverde at No. 5. Szacinski then earned a point at No. 3 singles over Feldmann with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win. LSU clinched the match at No. 6 when Roger Anderson defeated Juan Escobar, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
At the no. 2 position, Simpson handed Goodwin a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 loss for the 5-0 lead. Southern Miss finally got on the board at No. 1 when Frost dropped the first set, 6-3, then fought back to take the second and third sets, 6-2, 6-4 in earning the point for the Golden Eagles over Olivier Borsos. In the final match at the No. 4 singles, Paulo Alvarado won his first set against Trinh, 6-3, but dropped the final two sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Southern Miss will host Jacksonville State on Friday at 1 p.m., before hosting Nicholls State and Jackson State on Sunday at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., respectively.
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