Lady Tigers Tennis Beats Alabama, 5-2

by Molly Clark
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Lady Tigers Tennis Beats Alabama, 5-2

BATON ROUGE — The LSU women’s tennis team picked up its second Southeastern Conference victory Friday as it defeated Alabama, 5-2, at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

“That was our best effort this season. We played hard up and down the line in both singles and doubles,” said head coach Tony Minnis. “Alabama is a good team, and I’m proud of how we played. We need to enjoy this win and get ready for Auburn.”

Finishing first in doubles, LSU’s Whitney Wolf and Keri Frankenberger dropped their match to 20th-ranked Alexa Guarachi and Courtney McLane 8-3 on court one. On court two, Hannah Robinson and Kaitlin Burns snatched a great win over Alice Tunaru and Antonia Foeshe 8-4.

Alabama (8-9, 1-6 SEC) clinched the doubles point on court three as Paulina Bigos and Meritt Emery won a hard-fought battle over Lady Tigers Kylie Adamek and Nicole Kantor 8-5.

In singles, Frankenberger took her first set over Foeshe 6-4, but the Tide player retired the rest of her match to Frankenberger, providing the Lady Tigers with their first point.

On court five, Wilson outlasted Bigos 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Burns put up a fight on court two, but it was not enough to upend McLane as the Tide took the match 6-1, 6-4. Kantor ousted Emery 6-3, 6-2 on court three.

Senior Robinson knocked off Tunaru on court six 7-6(4), 6-1 to clinch the overall match as the Monroe, La., product earned her first conference win of the season.

Lady Tiger Wolf dropped her first set to No. 47 Guarachi on court one, but the Pride, La., native gained momentum to take the next two sets 6-4, 6-2. The win marks Wolf’s third victory over a nationally ranked opponent this season.

LSU improved to 7-12 on the season with a 2-5 SEC record. 

The Lady Tigers will play Auburn Sunday at home beginning at noon CT.

LSU 5, Alabama 2
April 2, 2010 at Baton Rouge, La.
(W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium)

Singles
1. Whitney Wolf (LSU) def. #47 Alexa Guarachi (UA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Courtney McLane (UA) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Nicole Kantor (LSU) def. Meritt Emery (UA) 6-3, 6-2
4. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Antonia Foeshe (UA) 6-4, 3-1, retired
5. Ebie Wilson (LSU) def. Paulina Bigos (UA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Hannah Robinson (LSU) def. Alice Tunaru (UA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

Doubles
1. #20 Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (UA) def. Whitney Wolf/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 8-3
2. Kaitlin Burns/Hannah Robinson (LSU) def. Alice Tunaru/Antonia Foeshe (UA) 8-4
3. Paulina Bigos/Meritt Emery (UA) def. Kylie Adamek/Nicole Kantor (LSU) 8-5

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,5,2,3,6,1)
Match Notes:
Alabama 8-9 (1-6 SEC)
LSU 7-12 (2-5 SEC)