Women's Tennis Starts Strong at Tiger Fall Classic

by Chase Wales
Women's Tennis Starts Strong at Tiger Fall Classic

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s tennis team clinched all three doubles matches and three singles matches on Friday’s opening day of competition of the Tiger Fall Classic at the LSU Tennis Complex.

LSU’s court one pairing of Ryann Foster and Elyse Lavender defeated Princeton’s top pairing of Nicole Kalhorn and Katrine Steffensen 6-3, improving to 8-1 in doubles competition this fall.

Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson defeated Gaby Pollner and Nathalie Rodilosso on court two, also by a score of 6-3, and Kennan Johnson and Elizabeth Hotard wrapped up the doubles sweep for the Tigers with a 6-2 win over Catalina Vives and Clare McKee.

The Tigers carried their hot start over into singles play against Kansas, as Richardson defeated Tatiana Nikolaeva 6-0, 6-1. Lavender and Johnson quickly followed suit with straight-set victories of their own over Maria Toran Ribes and Carla Pons Martorell, respectively.

Hotard dropped her singles match to Amber Policare in two sets, while Foster and Golovin both dropped their first sets but claimed the second sets to force a decisive third on each of their courts. Golovin ultimately fell to Nina Khmelnitckaia 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 in a closely contested match for the Tiger junior.

Foster was the final LSU player left on the court in singles play as she refused to give in despite dropping her first set to Janet Koch, 6-4. The senior captain fought back to take the second set, 6-4, and continued her push against Koch all the way to a third-set tiebreak, which went in favor of the Kansas junior.

The Tigers will return to the court Saturday beginning with doubles against Georgia Tech at 9 a.m. CT, followed by doubles against Kansas and singles against Princeton in the afternoon.

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Tiger Fall Classic

Day 1 – Friday, November 3

Janet Koch (KU) def. No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1)
Nina Khmelnitckaia (KU) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
Elyse Lavender (LSU) def. Maria Toran Ribes (KU) 6-0, 6-4
Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Tatiana Nikolaeva (KU) 6-0, 6-1
Kennan Johnson (LSU) def. Carla Pons Martorell (KU) 6-1, 6-2
Amber Policare (KU) def. Elizabeth Hotard (LSU) 6-0, 6-4

Ryann Foster/Elyse Lavender (LSU) def. Nicole Kalhorn/Katrine Steffensen (PU) 6-3
Jessica Golovin/Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Gaby Pollner/Nathalie Rodilosso (PU) 6-3
Kennan Johnson/Elizabeth Hotard (LSU) def. Catalina Vives/Clare McKee (PU) 6-2