Feb. 9, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Southern Miss men's tennis team fell 6-1 to host No. 27 LSU Sunday afternoon at the Dub Robinson Stadium.
"The team played outstanding doubles at No 2 and No 3 to win the doubles point," head coach Zubin Engineer said. "Our No 2 team, Vasco Valverde and Chao Yu Huang pulled off a huge win to defeat LSU's No 2 doubles team ranked No 46."
Southern Miss opened play by stealing the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar defeated John Michael Busch and Justin Butsch 6-3 on court 3 to even the match with LSU. Vasco Valverde and Chao-Yu Huang won the deciding match with a 6-5 (7-5) decision over No. 46 ranked Tam Trinh and Eric Perez. Brad Marriott and Alex Doleac lost to No. 60 ranked Chris Simpson and Boris Arias.
"In singles, LSU executed their games better and it was an uphill task to find our way in the match," said Engineer said. "We will stay focused on improving our games."
LSU swept the singles matches to claim the win. The Tigers tied the match at 1-1 when Huang lost to Harrison Kennedy 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5. At No. 1, Alvarado lost to No. 72 ranked Chris Simpson 6-2, 6-1. Marriott lost 6-1, 6-2 to Korinek on court 2 before Doleac dropped a 6-2, 6-2 match to Arias at no. 4 as LSU clinched the match at 4-1. Valverde lost to Trinh 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 and Escobar lost to Butsch 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6.
Southern Miss returns to action on Wednesday when the Golden Eagles travel to South Alabama.