Costa Cruises, Lady Tigers Fall to Ole Miss

by Cari Gold
Costa Cruises, Lady Tigers Fall to Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE – Joana Vale Costa lost just seven games in three sets to win her match as the No. 55 LSU women’s tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision No. 32 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon. 
After an hour rain delay, the match began with singles. 
“I didn’t think we responded well to the conditions today,” said LSU head coach Julia Sell.  “We learned a tough lesson.  You have to warm up and prepare.  Ole Miss did it. Credit to them for hanging in there and fighting.”
The Lady Tigers are now 9-8 (2-7 SEC) on the season, while Ole Miss holds a 10-7 (4-4 SEC) record. 
On court one, Vale Costa dropped the first set but came back fighting, losing just one game in the last two sets as she defeated Zalina Khairudinova 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Noel Scott fell to Caroline Rohde-Moe 6-1, 6-3 on court two, while Abigail Owens met defeat 6-0, 6-2 at the hands of Julia Jones on court three.
On court four, Gabrielle Otero could not overcome Erin Stephens, falling 7-6 (4), 6-4.  Ole Miss’ Erin Stephens then topped Ella Taylor 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the match for the Rebels.
The Lady Tigers take the court again on Friday as they face South Carolina at noon CT in Columbia, S.C.
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#32 Univeristy of Mississippi 4, #55 LSU 1
Mar 23, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium
Singles competition
1. #69 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Zalina Khairudinova (UM) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
2. Caroline Rohde-Moe (UM) def. Noel Scott (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Julia Jones (UM) def. Abigail Owens (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Mai El Kamash (UM) def. Gabrielle Otero (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Erin Stephens (UM) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. Iris Verboven (UM) 6-7 (4-7), 5-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Iris Verboven/Erin Stephens (UM) vs. Skylar Holloway/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) no result
2. Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (UM) vs. Joana Vale Costa/Abigail Owens (LSU) no result
3. Julia Jones/Zalina Khairudinova (UM) vs. Ella Taylor/Noel Scott (LSU) no result