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No. 13 seeded men’s tennis falls to No. 1 seed Kentucky 4-0 in SEC semifinals – LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 44 LSU men’s tennis team (16-13) fell 4-0 to No. 4 Kentucky (23-2) in Saturday’s match in the semifinals of the SEC tournament hosted at the LSU Tennis Complex.

Danny’s thoughts

“The doubles was a huge point for us today,” said head coach Danny Bryan. “With the strength of Kentucky’s team, this was a very important point. If we had won the doubles, we could have had a better path to get four points in the singles. They made it very difficult for us because we are such a solid team. A lot of credit goes to them.”

Double

On court no. 2, Ben Koch and Stefan Latinovic lost 6-2 to Taha Baadi and Jack Loutit.

The Wildcats took the doubles point on court No. 1 after the No. 7 duo of JJ Mercer and Joshua Lapadat defeated the No. 59 duo of Chen Dong and Julien Penzlin by a score of 6-3.

Singles

On court No. 2, Kentucky created a 2-0 lead after No. 97 Lapadat defeated Alessio Vasquez by a score of 6-3, 6-1.

No. 35 Baadi defeated Latinovic on court No. 1 by a narrow score of 7-5 in the first set and a score of 6-2 in the second set, leaving Kentucky with one point needed to win the match.

Charlelie Cosnet won the match 4-0 for the Wildcats after beating Julien Penzlin 6-3, 6-4.

Closing remarks

The last time LSU appeared in the SEC Tournament semifinals was in 2007. At the time, current head coach Danny Bryan was a senior on the team and led the Tigers in singles victories.

“For me, it was more for the guys than for myself,” Bryan said. “I really felt like they were doing a lot of things right and they weren’t being rewarded. We went on a lot of long bus rides home that weren’t that fun, and the boys never checked out.”

LSU is now the lowest seed to make the semifinals of the tournament. Previously, it was Mississippi State that appeared in the 2006 SEC semifinals as the No. 12 seed.

Next one

The Tigers will discover their NCAA tournament path when the 2024 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament selection show airs on NCAA.com at 5:00 PM CT on Monday, April 29.

Results

#4 Kentucky4, #44 LSU0

Singles

  1. #35 Taha Baadi (UK) def. Stefan Latinovic (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
  2. #97 Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. Alessio Vasquez (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
  3. Rudy Ceccon (LSU) vs. Jaden Weekes (UK) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
  4. Charlelie Cosnet (UK) def. Julien Penzlin (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
  5. Chen Dong (LSU) vs. Jack Loutit (UK) 6-2, 3-6, 0-1, unfinished
  6. Welsh Hotard (LSU) vs. Eli Stephenson (UK) 6-1, 5-7, incomplete

Double

  1. #7 JJ Mercer/Joshua Lapadat (UK) def. #59 Chen Dong/Julien Penzlin (LSU) 6-3
  2. Taha Baadi/Jack Loutit (UK) def. Ben Koch/Stefan Latinovic (LSU) 6-2
  3. Welsh Hotard/Alessio Vasquez (LSU) vs. Eli Stephenson/Jaden Weekes (UK) 3-5, unfinished

Match Notes:

Kentucky 23-2; National Ranking #4

LSU 16-13; National ranking #44

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,4)