Tennis Pair Wins Opening Match at ITA All-American
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — LSU’s 11th-ranked Megan Falcon and Mykala Hedberg jumped out to an early lead and cruised to an 8-4 victory over Duke’s 37th-ranked Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka in the opening round of the qualifying bracket at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Tuesday.
Falcon and Hedberg moved their record to 5-0 after building a 6-1 lead to start the match.
“I was very impressed with the way they played,” LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. “They played with a lot of energy and gained a lot of momentum, so hopefully we can keep that going.”
The Lady Tiger tandem will resume play at noon CT on Wednesday against Georgia Tech’s No. 46 Noelle Hickey and Christy Striplin. Georgia Tech’s duo won easily over Arizona’s 32nd-ranked Danielle Steinberg and Claire Riestch 8-1.
If Falcon and Hedberg defeat Hickey and Striplin, they would take on either Michigan’s 22nd-ranked Chisako Sugiyama and Tania Mahtani or UCLA’s 36th-ranked Yasmin Schnack and Ashley Joelson at 5:15 p.m. in the third round for the right to advance to the main draw.
After Falcon and Hedberg’s victory over Nze and Zsilinszka, the duo is 8-4 all time against ranked opponents.