Valle Costa and Foster Advance to Quarterfinals
ATHENS, Ga. — Senior Joana Valle Costa and junior Ryann Foster became the first doubles pairing in LSU women’s tennis history to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Women’s Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Friday.
The No. 16-ranked pairing of Valle Costa and Foster defeated the No. 7 pairing of Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson of Texas A&M, their second victory over the Aggie tandem this season.
Valle Costa and Foster took the first set 6-4 before dropping the second set 6-3 to force a third-set tie breaker. The Tigers ultimately claimed the third set 10-6, clinching their spot as one of the final eight doubles teams in the NCAA tournament.
In singles play, the No. 46-ranked Valle Costa fell to Florida’s No. 6 Belinda Woolcock in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, finishing the season with an impressive 17-7 record, including six wins over ranked opponents.
Valle Costa ends her singles tenure in the Purple and Gold with a team-leading 80 career singles victories.
The senior from Lisbon, Portugal earned All-American status by advancing to the NCAA round of 16, and teammate Jade Lewis also earned All-American honors on the merit of her ITA ranking of 11th in the country. Foster and Valle Costa will also claim All-American status with their advancement to the doubles quarterfinals.
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NCAA Division I Women’s Singles Championships
Friday, May 26 (Round of 16)
1. No. 6 Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. No. 46 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
NCAA Division I Women’s Doubles Championships