Lady Tigers Tennis Opens Season in Auburn

by Jesse Delerno
Lady Tigers Tennis Opens Season in Auburn

BATON ROUGE — The LSU women’s tennis team will kick off the 2010 fall season Friday at 9 a.m. (CT) when it competes in the SEC Coaches’ Classic at Auburn University’s Yarbrough Tennis Center.

Junior Whitney Wolf, sophomore Ebie Wilson and freshmen Yvette Vlaar, Ariel Morton, Alexus Coats and Hayley Everett will represent the Lady Tigers at the tournament, which runs through Sunday.

“It’s exciting to get a chance to see the new freshmen compete,” head coach Tony Minnis said. “It gives us a chance to gauge where we are at, and it should be interesting.”

Wolf, a native of Pride, La., leads the squad into Auburn. A member of the 2010 All-Louisiana Second Team, Wolf notched a team-high four victories over ranked opponents last season and finished the season ranked No. 11 in singles and No. 5 in doubles in the ITA Southern Region rankings while competing primarily at the No. 1 position.

Wilson, a product of Mobile, Ala., posted a 12-18 overall record in singles and a 14-13 overall record in doubles in her first season with the team. In addition, Wilson enjoyed a fine tournament at the Hoosier Classic last fall when she won her first tournament championship after knocking off Indiana’s Lindsey Stuckey in the final.

Vlaar, a gifted newcomer from Weert, Netherlands, is a five-star recruit who finished fourth at the World Junior Tennis Finals. Morton, a native of Houston, is also a five-star recruit who claimed the Texas district 5A title in doubles as a senior.

Coats comes to LSU as a four-star recruit from Lithonia, Ga., while Everett, a product of Mandeville, La., was the 5A state and regional champion in doubles last season.