Women's Tennis Earns Win on Senior Day

by Mark Slavich
Women's Tennis Earns Win on Senior Day

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s tennis team knocked off Kentucky 5-2 on Senior Day at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers (11-11, 5-5 SEC) broke a two-match losing streak and moved into a tie with Arkansas for second place in the SEC Western Division. Kentucky (4-18, 2-8 SEC) lost for the fourth time in as many matches.

“Overall it was a solid performance today,” said LSU women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis. “We will now take a few days off and get ready for a big match at Arkansas on Saturday.”

After conceding the doubles point the last five matches, LSU was able to obtain the all-important point with doubles wins on all three courts.

Olivia Howlett and Ariel Morton got things started for the Lady Tigers as they defeated Marni Venter and Caitlin McGraw of Kentucky 8-4 for their second-consecutive doubles victory. The LSU twosome broke a 4-4 tie and went on to take the final four games to notch the win.

Due to an injury to freshman Yvette Vlaar, LSU senior Kylie Adamek was awarded the opportunity to compete on Senior Day in doubles competition. Joining Keri Frankenberger on Court 3, the Lady Tiger duo came back from a 3-2 deficit to win six of the next seven games and win their match 8-4 against Kentucky’s Jessica Stiles and CeCe Witten to give the doubles point to LSU.

The Lady Tigers finished off the sweep when ace doubles team Whitney Wolf and Kaitlin Burns clipped the Wildcat tandem of Megan Broderick and Khristina Blajkevitch in a tiebreaker 8-7 (7-3).

Wolf helped LSU carry its momentum into singles play as she defeated Broderick 6-2, 6-1 on Court 1. The victory was the first for the LSU junior in her last six singles contests.

Morton had little trouble with Kentucky’s Misha Testerman on Court 6. The Lady Tiger freshman built 5-0 leads in both sets on her way to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

LSU’s Frankenberger captured the overall match for the Lady Tigers with her 6-2, 6-2 win over Witten on Court 5. Tied at 2-2 in the first set, the LSU sophomore picked up the final four games to clinch the set. After falling behind 1-0 in the second set, Frankenberger won the next five games on her way to the 6-2, 6-2 win.

Court 2 saw Howlett fall to the Kentucky sophomore Stiles 6-3, 6-2. Tied at 3-3 in the first set, Stiles captured the final three games of the set for the 6-3 win. She never let Howlett in the match as she dominated the second set 6-2 to seize the match.

The LSU sophomore Wilson busted a 2-2 tie in her first set with McGraw as she won four of the next five games to claim a 6-3 first-set victory. Shortly after Frankenberger won the overall match for the Lady Tigers, Wilson chose to retire while down 3-1 in the second set in order to avoid worsening a back injury that she has been battling. The retirement gave Vanderbilt its second win of the match.

In what has become the norm for LSU this season, the day did not end without some late drama. After taking the first set 6-3 against the Wildcat freshman Blajkevitch, LSU’s Burns dropped the second set by an identical 6-3 score. With the first-to-10-point tiebreaker squared at 10, the LSU sophomore snagged the next two points to claim a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10) victory to give the Lady Tigers the 5-2 match win.
LSU will complete its regular season when the Lady Tigers travel to Fayetteville to face No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday at 12 p.m. CDT.

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LSU 5, Kentucky 2
April 10, 2011 at Baton Rouge, La.
W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium

1. #66 Whitney Wolf (LSU) def. Megan Broderick (UK) 6-2, 6-1
2. Jessica Stiles (UK) def. Olivia Howlett (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. K. Blajkevitch (UK) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10)
4. Caitlin McGraw (UK) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 3-6, 3-1, retired
5. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. CeCe Witten (UK) 6-2, 6-2
6. Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Misha Testerman (UK) 6-1, 6-1

1. #62 Whitney Wolf/Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Megan Broderick/K. Blajkevitch (UK) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Olivia Howlett/Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Marni Venter/Caitlin McGraw (UK) 8-4
3. Kylie Adamek/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Jessica Stiles/CeCe Witten (UK) 8-4

Order of Finish
Singles: 1,6,5,2,4,3
Doubles: 2,3,1

Team Records
Kentucky: 4-18 (2-8 in SEC)
LSU: 11-11 (5-5 in SEC)