Wolf, Morton Lead Lady Tigers at SEC Classic

by Jesse Delerno
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Wolf, Morton Lead Lady Tigers at SEC Classic

AUBURN, Ala. — LSU junior Whitney Wolf and freshman Ariel Morton each captured victories in singles to lead the Lady Tiger tennis team on Day 1 of the SEC Coaches’ Classic in Auburn, Ala., Friday.

Wolf, who was ranked No. 122 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings released earlier today, took down 20th-ranked Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, in the Flight 1A draw. Morton defeated Auburn’s Jacqueline Kasler in a tight, straight-set victory, 7-6 (8), 7-5, in the Flight 3B draw.

Wolf will advance to face her second-straight top-20 opponent, No. 18 Anouk Tigu of Arkansas Saturday, and Morton will take on Florida’s Olivia Janowicz.

“That was a huge win for Whitney,” head coach Tony Minnis said. “That’s the highest-ranked player she’s ever beaten. Ariel also stepped up today, coming through as a freshman in a really tight match.”

The freshman doubles duo of Morton and Hayley Everett also got off to a nice start. After falling to Vanderbilt’s Rachael Dillon and Megan Gornet in Round 1 of the Flight 5 draw, the tandem rebounded in Round 2, sweeping Kentucky’s Meredith Morrow and Nicole Scates, 8-0.

The SEC Coaches’ Classic will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) in Auburn’s Yarbrough Center.

SEC Coaches’ Classic
Sept. 10-12
Yarbrough Center – Auburn, Ala.

Friday Results

Singles
Whitney Wolf (LSU) def. Kristi Boxx (UM), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Alex Anghelescu (UGA) def. Yvette Vlaar (LSU), 6-4, 6-1
Valentina Starkova (ARK) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU), 6-3, 6-2
Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Jacqueline Kasler (AUB), 7-6 (8), 7-5
Misha Testerman (UK) def. Alexus Coats (LSU), 6-0, 6-3
Megan Gornet (VU) def. Hayley Everett (LSU), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4

Doubles
Kristi Boxx/Abby Guthrie (UM) def. Whitney Wolf/Yvette Vlaar (LSU), 8-6
Cameron Ellis/Rachael Hart (UGA) def. Ebie Wilson/Alexus Coats (LSU), 8-6
Rachael Dillon/Megan Gornet (VU) def. Ariel Morton/Hayley Everett (LSU), 8-1
Ariel Morton/Hayley Everett (LSU) def. Meredith Morrow/Nicole Scates (UK), 8-0