Lady Tigers Conclude Season with Loss to TCU in NCAA Tournament
NEW ORLEANS – The LSU women’s tennis team fell to 18th-ranked TCU in the NCAA Tournament first round to end its season Friday at Tulane’s Goldring Tennis Center, 4-1.
The Lady Tigers finished with a 12-12 record, while TCU improved to 21-4 overall with the win. They move on to face Tulane in the second round tomorrow.
The match was delayed because of rain, so it did not begin until 6:30 p.m. The Horned Frogs took the early lead by winning the doubles point.
“We played them tough, but TCU was able to get that early advantage going into singles play,” head coach Tony Minnis said.
LSU never could regain any momentum, picking up only one singles win for the night. Staten Spencer won on court three, 6-3, 6-1.
Tiffany Tucker fell 6-1, 6-2 on court five, and Lauren Seaman dropped her match to No. 40 Helena Besovic, 6-1, 6-2, on court two. Then TCU’s No. 14 Story Tweedie-Yates clinched the match for her team with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Amanda Mang on court one.
Matches on courts four and five were not completed.
“It was a rough night for us where nothing was really going our way,” Minnis said. “TCU is a really good team and they played like it today.”
1. #29 Cetnik/Tweedie-Yates (TCU) vs. Tucker/Seaman (LSU): 7-4, unfinished
2. Besovic/Nichols (TCU) def. Mang/Spencer (LSU): 8-5
3. Paige Brown/Karla Mancinas (TCU) def. Chiarelli/Caliari (LSU): 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,3
1. #14 Story Tweedie-Yates (TCU) def. Amanda Mang (LSU): 6-1, 6-1
2. #40 Helena Besovic (TCU) def. Lauren Seaman (LSU): 6-1, 6-2
3. Staten Spencer (LSU) def. Kewa Nichols (TCU): 6-3, 6-1
4. Ana Cetnik (TCU) vs. Marina Chiarelli (LSU): 7-6, 1-0, unfinished
5. Andrea Morgado (TCU) def. Tiffany Tucker (LSU): 6-1, 6-2
6. Gloriann Lopez (TCU) vs. Camila Caliari (LSU): 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 3,5,2,1