Lady Tigers Tennis to Open SEC's Against Kentucky

by Mark Slavich
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Lady Tigers Tennis to Open SEC's Against Kentucky

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s tennis team will begin postseason play when the No. 7-seed Lady Tigers face 10th-seed Kentucky in the first round of the 2011 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m. CDT at Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

All tournament matches are scheduled to be played outdoors but will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather. Complete 2011 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament information including live stats for all matches can be found here: 2011 SEC Women’s Tennis Championship Information

LSU (11-12, 5-6 SEC) enters the SEC Tournament coming off a tough 4-3 loss to No. 19 Arkansas on Saturday in Fayetteville. The Wildcats (4-19, 2-9 SEC) head to Knoxville in the midst of a five-match losing streak and have lost 11 of their last 12 matches. The two squads met in Baton Rouge 10 days ago when LSU handed Kentucky a 5-2 defeat.

“We are looking forward to a challenge,” said LSU women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis. “Kentucky is a good team and we are definitely anticipating a much closer match than our previous meeting.”

The Wildcats are propelled by Megan Broderick in singles action. The Kentucky senior has collected nine wins during the spring including five over nationally-ranked opponents. She knocked off No. 75 Alex Leatu of Vanderbilt 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in her last outing.

Jessica Stiles guides Kentucky out of the No. 2 slot. The Wyckoff, N.J., native defeated Vanderbilt junior Jackie Wu 6-0, 6-0 on Saturday for her team-leading 10th singles victory of the spring season.

Broderick teams with freshman Khristina Blajkevitch on the doubles courts. Since pairing together earlier this season, the two have amassed four doubles wins with one of those coming against a ranked opponent.

Ebie Wilson aims to get back on track in singles play for the Lady Tigers. Hampered by a lingering back injury, the sophomore leads the team with 12 singles wins despite losing three of her last four matches.

After getting off to a slow start this spring, Yvette Vlaar has won nine of her previous 13 singles matches and is second on the squad with 10 spring victories. The freshman topped Arkansas’ Jade Frampton 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Saturday in Fayetteville.

Junior Olivia Howlett and freshman Ariel Morton will fuel LSU in doubles competition on the No. 3 court. The duo has put together a 2-1 record since joining forces against Vanderbilt on April 8.

If LSU is able to get past Kentucky in the single-elimination tournament, the Lady Tigers will face No. 2 seed and 14th-ranked Tennessee on Friday at 5 p.m. CDT.

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