LSU Hopes New Tennis Facility Will Help Recruiting

LSU is the only school in the SEC without an indoor tennis facility, but that will soon change. Men’s coach Jeff Brown believes it will help out with recruiting.

The facility would help the team grow in-state talent because it would allow LSU to host junior tournaments, Brown said. Brown believes that, “would lend us to recruits that are like some of the other sports have where they have a passion for LSU from the time they grow up.”

The facility will also give the team a place to play when it rains. The team frequently plays in the afternoon to try and avoid rain cancellations. “If I schedule a match at 6 and it rains once, we may be done for the match,” Brown said. “Where as we schedule it at 2 or 3, it gives us a chance to play a little later if it does rain, that’s why we play when we do. It’s not ideal for the working fan.”

Assistant Danny Bryan thinks the new facility will add to the heavy push the team is already making to fans. “We’re making a really big push to get better attendance at the matches, which we have been doing this year,” Bryan said.

LSU has not finalized a location for the facility, but assistant athletic director Herb Vincent said the facility will likely be south of campus down Nicholson Drive.

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LSU Defeats Vanderbilt 6-1

The LSU men’s tennis team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon, defeating Vanderbilt 6-1. The Tigers clinched the victory with Stefan Szacinski’s straight set win over Anton Kovrigin. Szacinski said it was the first time he had ever clinched a match. “It was a great feeling,” Szacinski said. “The guy I played, played really well, but I just managed to scrape that one out.”

Coach Jeff Brown finds it hard to believe that that was Szacinski’s first clinch, but said he did play well in the victory. “He needed that, and he just kind of hung around,” Brown said. “In the first set he did a good job of breaking back when he needed to, and same thing in the second.”

The victory gave LSU a 4-1 record during their five match home stand. LSU now heads on the road to face Alabama on Friday; and Auburn Sunday.

“Any SEC win is a good win,” Brown said. “The confidence from that coupled with several of the other wins I think that are becoming more distant memories… I think that’s something we can build on.”

“It’s always tough playing away,” Szacinski said. “We’ll definitely use this as a stepping stone for those matches.”