Foster Ends Fall Classic with Career-Best Win
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s tennis team ended its fall tournament schedule in convincing fashion, going a perfect 5-0 in singles play against Georgia Tech, including the highest-ranked win of Ryann Foster‘s career, on the final day of the Tiger Fall Classic Sunday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
LSU’s senior captain faced off against No. 23 Johnnise Renaud and responded to the challenge, taking down the Georgia Tech senior in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
“I felt fully prepared for this match,” Foster said. “I just went out and played and didn’t really think about rankings, and I felt like I improved with each match this weekend.”
After the Tigers picked up first-set victories across all five courts to start the morning, freshman Elyse Lavender was the first to clinch her second set, defeating No. 111 Nami Otsuka to pick up her team-leading third ranked win of the fall.
Fellow first-year Tiger Eden Richardson followed right behind with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ida Jariskog, capping off a solid fall slate for the freshmen duo that combined for 18 singles victories.
“I feel like I played some of my best tennis from start to finish this weekend,” Richardson said. “I really enjoyed myself today and I’m excited to get to compete.”
Kennan Johnson continued her recent stretch of strong play, clinching her eighth-straight singles match by taking down Nadia Gizdova 6-3, 6-3.
Finally, Jessica Golovin put the finishing touches on the Tigers’ immaculate outing, defeating Victoria Flores in a three-set match in which Golovin turned up the pressure at the end, taking the third and final set by a score of 6-0.
Overall, the Tigers secured 18 victories across singles and doubles this weekend to end the fall tournament schedule on a solid note heading into the spring.
“We finished the fall in the most perfect way possible,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “From the bottom to the top of the lineup, every single player competed the best I’ve seen all fall. The girls have done a tremendous job improving, but today I felt like it really came together and this is exactly the way we wanted to end this fall and have this in our minds when we come back in January.
The Tigers’ first home match of the spring will be a doubleheader against Northwestern St. and Southern University on Saturday, January 20 starting at 11 a.m. at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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Tiger Fall Classic
Day 3 – Sunday, November 5
No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. No. 23 Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-2, 6-4
Elyse Lavender (LSU) def. No. 111 Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-3, 6-2
Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Ida Jariskog (GT) 6-2, 6-3
Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
Kennan Johnson (LSU) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 6-3, 6-3