Women's Tennis Starts Strong at Wildcat Invite
EVANSTON, Ill. — The LSU women’s tennis team started out strong as all five Lady Tigers advanced to at least the second round of competition and combined for eight wins during the first day of competition at the Wildcat Invite.
“We had a very solid start today,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “We won eight of our 10 matches today against quality opponents and played very smart tennis. Tomorrow we want to build on some of the area that we focused on today.”
Owens and Taylor each played two matches and limited their opponents to no more than two games in a set. Owens defeated Pittsburgh’s Carina Ma 6-0, 6-2 and UIC’s Oana Manole 6-2, 6-1. Taylor took the win over Eastern Michigan’s Alejandra Barcelo 6-0, 6-2 and double bageled Boise State’s Peyton Gollhofer.
After earning a bye in the first round, Kuykendall defeated Renu Sharma of Eastern Michigan 6-2, 6-1. Holloway earned a first-round win over Ani Gogvadze and advanced to the quarterfinal after retirement of Northwestern’s Alicia Barnett
The Lady Tigers rounded out the day with doubles wins. Foster and Holloway partnered up to defeated Gollhofer and Blanco of Ball State, 6-3. Kuykendall and Owens won their opening round match against Natsumi Okamato and Ma but fell in the second round, 6-8, to Northwestern Brooke Rischbieth and Jillian Rooney.
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Wildcat Invite Results (Day 1)
1. Skylar Kuykendall/Abby Owens (LSU) def. Natsumi Okamoto/Carina Ma (Pitt), 6-0
2. Brooke Richbieth/Jillian Rooney (NU) def. Skylar Kuykendall/Abby Owens (LSU), 8-6
3. Ryann Foster/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Peyton Gollhofer/Carmen Blanco (BSU), 6-3
1. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Ani Gogvadze (EMU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Skylar Holloway (LSU def. Alicia Barnett (NU) 2-4, ret.
3. Alex Chatt (NU) def. Ryann Foster (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Abby Owens (LSU) def. Carina Ma (Pitt) 6-0, 6-2
5. Abby Owens (LSU) def. Oana Manole (UIC) 6-2, 6-1
6. Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) def. Renu Sharma (EMU) 6-2, 6-1
7. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Alejandra Barcelo (EMU) 6-0, 6-2
8. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Peyton Gollhofer (BSU) 6-0, 6-0