Holloway Earns Ranked Win; Lady Tigers Fall at UGA

by Brandon Berrio
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Holloway Earns Ranked Win; Lady Tigers Fall at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. — LSU’s Skylar Holloway defeated No. 111 Caroline Brinson on court six but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Tigers fell to No. 2 Georgia, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Dan Magill Complex. LSU moved to 8-4 on the year while the Bulldogs improved to 8-3.

“I thought a lot of the matches were closer than the score indicates,” head coach Julia Sell said. “The first sets on all the courts were really close and I’m proud of the way we competed. They really improved on everything we talked about this week.”

Holloway took her first set 7-5 and dropped the second set 6-1. The match was pushed to a third-set super tie break and the sophomore ultimately won 12-10.

“I was encouraged and happy for Skylar to get the win. She competed like a champion today and fought hard,” Sell added.

Silvia Garcia earned the first singles point for Georgia by defeating Skylar Kuykendall on court three 6-3, 6-1. Noel Scott also dropped court two 6-2, 6-1 to No. 74 Ellen Perez.

Mariana Gould clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-4, 6-0 win on court four over Abby Owens.

On court one, Joana Vale Costa fell to No. 6 Lauren Herring 6-4, 6-1. Ella Taylor kept it close on court five but ultimately fell 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).

In doubles, the duo of Vale Costa and Scott fell to No. 6 Herring and Perez, 8-5. Owens and Kuykendall also dropped court two, 8-3, to Garcia and Shaffer.

LSU travels to Knoxville, Tennessee Sunday for its second SEC match of the season at 11 a.m. CT.

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#2 University of Georgia 6, #45 LSU 1
Feb 27, 2015
at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)

Singles Competition:
1. #6 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #38 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #74 Ellen Perez (UGA) def. Noel Scott (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #97 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #112 Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. #107 Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Abby Owens (LSU) 6-4, 6-0
5. #66 Hannah King (UGA) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. #111 Caroline Brinson (UGA) 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (12-10)

Doubles Competition:
1. #25 Lauren Herring/Ellen Perez (UGA) def. Joana Vale Costa/Noel Scott (LSU) 8-5
2. #16 Silvia Garcia/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. Abigail Owens/Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 8-3
3. #55 Caroline Brinson/Hannah King (UGA) vs. Ella Taylor/Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
LSU 8-4 (0-1); National ranking #45
University of Georgia 8-3 (1-0); National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,2,4,1,6,5) T-3:15 A-357