BATON ROUGE, La.- No. 18 LSU rolled to a 5-2 victory over the 25th-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team Saturday afternoon at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium.
The Tigers (4-1) won their fourth-straight in the series behind strong singles and doubles play against the Aggies (3-3). The No. 22-ranked doubles combination of Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) and Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) improved to an undefeated 5-0 on the season with an 8-2 win over LSU’s Colt Gaston and Julien Gauthier at the top of the lineup for A&M, but the Tigers countered with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 lines to claim the doubles point.
Four singles matches were decided in three sets including freshmen Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) and Kayvon Karimi (Dallas, Texas) who both came out on top to give A&M its two points in the dual match. Spencer defeated LSU’s Jan Zelezny, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4, at the No. 2 line, while Karimi won his first match of the spring season over LSU’s Gaston, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4.
Top player Conor Pollock, ranked No. 27 in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, lost a close three-setter to No. 70-ranked Michael Venus, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, while sophomore Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) fell in three sets to Kevin Dessauer, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), at No. 5.
An East Coast road swing is up next for the Aggies with matchups scheduled against two ACC powers in No. 10 Duke on Friday, Feb. 29 in Durham, N.C. and No. 16 Florida State on Sunday, March 2 in Tallahassee, Fla.
(18) LSU 5, (25) TEXAS A&M 2
February 23, 2008
W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Stadium
at Baton Rouge, La.
No. 1 - (70) Michael Venus (LSU) def. (27) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 - Wil Spencer (Texas A&M) def. Jan Zelezny (LSU), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4.
No. 3 - Julien Gauthier (LSU) def. Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M), 6-0, 6-2.
No. 4 - Kayvon Karimi (Texas A&M) def. Colt Gaston (LSU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 5 - Kevin Dessauer (LSU) def. Chris Chirico (Texas A&M), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
No. 6 - Sebastian Carlsson (LSU) def. Matt Bain (Texas A&M), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 - (22) Pollock-Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Gaston-Gauthier (LSU), 8-2.
No. 2 - James Cluskey-Venus (LSU) def. Mike Beatty-Chirico (Texas A&M), 8-1.
No. 3 - (57) Dessauer-Zelezny (LSU) def. Bain-Spencer (Texas A&M), 9-7.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 3, 6, 4, 1*, 5, 2
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