FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In what head coach Andy Jackson called a “trap match,” the Arkansas men’s tennis team came through with a 5-2 victory over LSU on Sunday afternoon. Following a passionate 5-2 win over No. 7 Texas A&M on Friday evening, the Razorbacks came right back two days later and defeated the Tigers.
Their third-consecutive SEC win, the Razorbacks improve to 3-1 in conference play and 13-3 overall this season.
• The No. 31 doubles pair of Giammarco Micolani and Mike Redlicki improved to 7-4 on the season with a victory over No. 8 Boris Arias and Jordan Daigle. It was their most highly-ranked victory of the season as they improved to 4-2 against ranked opponents.
• The duo of Santiago Munoz and Johan den Toom defeated LSU’s Gabor Csonka and Andre Korinek at the third singles spot. They improved to 8-2 on the season and won for the fifth time in their last six matches.
• No. 43 Redlicki defeated No. 102 Jordan Daigle for his seventh-consecutive singles win. Redlicki improved to 10-1 on the season, including 6-1 against ranked opponents and 4-0 in SEC play.
• Jose Salazar defeated No. 106 Gabor Csonka at the second singles spot, his second-consecutive victory over a ranked opponent. Salazar won for the eighth time in his last nine singles matches.
• Micolani defeated Harrison Adams at the fourth singles spot for his second-straight victory. Micolani has won consecutive matches for the second time this season, and the first time since his first two matches.
• den Toom defeated Andrew Korinek at the anchor spot in the lineup for his first singles win this season. den Toom was the first Razorback to win a singles match in a third-set tiebreak; they were previously 0-2 in such instances.
“The guys really fought hard to get through. I don’t think that most teams on the rise would win today because emotionally and physically it would have been difficult to recover. I think it was important to win the first point and take some pressure off the rest of the day, because LSU has a really good doubles group.” — Head coach Andy Jackson
“My confidence builds after each win, it started against Oklahoma when I played really well. But overall I think it’s the team playing really well and playing together as one unit. We are fighting so hard each and every day of the week in practice, not just during the weekend matches.” — Senior Giammarco Micolani
Arkansas continues SEC play with a pair of away matches next weekend. The Razorbacks head to Gainesville to face No. 25 Florida on Friday, March 18 at 4 p.m. CT, then move on to Auburn to face the Tigers on Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. CT.
1. #31 Giammarco Micolani/Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #8 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle (LSU) 7-6 (7)
2. Justin Butsch/Tam Trinh (LSU) def. Jose Salazar/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 7-5
3. Santiago Munoz/Johan den Toom (AR) def. Gabor Csonka/Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-3
1. #43 Mike Redlicki (AR) def. #102 Jordan Daigle (LSU) 6-4, 7-6 (0)
2. Jose Salazar (AR) def. #106 Gabor Csonka (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Santiago Munoz (AR) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
4. Giammarco Micolani (AR) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) 7-6 (3), 7-5
6. Johan den Toom (AR) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 7-6 (6), 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,1,3,6,5)