Foster Stays Unbeaten at Tiger Fall Classic

by Chase Wales
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Foster Stays Unbeaten at Tiger Fall Classic

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ryann Foster improved to a perfect 5-0 across singles and doubles competition this weekend without dropping a set at the LSU Tiger Fall Classic Saturday.

Foster defeated Rice’s Lindsey Hodge in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, and partnered with Joana Valle Costa to take down doubles competitors from both Tulane and Princeton.

The LSU duo of Foster and Valle Costa beat Tulane’s Naz Karagoz and Sade Atkinson 6-4 before returning to the court and defeating Princeton’s pairing of Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn 6-1.

“Ryann has been the most intense and focused in her matches as I’ve ever seen her,” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “You can see her building from tournament to tournament and today was no different; I thought she was better today than she was yesterday.”

LSU’s other doubles pairing of Skylar Holloway and Jessica Golovin won both of their matches against Tulane’s Elena Muller and Isabelle Entenza and Princeton’s Gaby Pollner and Sivan Krems, both by a score of 6-3.

In singles play, Jessica Golovin took her opponent to three sets for the second day in a row, but dropped the final two sets to Rice’s Fernanda Astete after gaining a controlling 6-1 lead in the first set.

Skylar Holloway kept her match against Rice’s Savannah Durkin close, coming from behind in both sets before ultimately falling to Durkin by a score of 7-5, 6-3. Abby Owens couldn’t overcome a hot start from Rice freshman Priya Niezgoda and dropped the first two sets 6-2, 6-0.

“The score definitely isn’t indicative of the play there,” said Sell. “They’re learning situational and strategic things to do that will help them come out on top. You’re still seeing Skylar improve and get better, but she was a little unfortunate on some deuce points today.”

The Lady Tigers will return to take on the Tulane Green Wave in singles competition on the final day of the LSU Tiger Fall Classic tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT.

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LSU Tiger Fall Classic Day 2

Doubles

Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Naz Karagoz/Sade Atkinson (Tulane) 6-4
Skylar Holloway/Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Elena Muller/Isabelle Entenza (Tulane) 6-3
Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Caroline Joyce/Nicole Kalhorn (Princeton) 6-1
Skylar Holloway/Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Gaby Pollner/Sivan Krems (Princeton) 6-3

Singles

Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Lindsey Hodge (Rice) 6-1, 6-3
Savannah Durkin (Rice) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 7-5, 6-3
Fernanda Astete (Rice) def. #38 Jessica Golovin (LSU) 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
Priya Niezgoda (Rice) def. #107 Abby Owens (LSU) 6-2, 6-0