Women's Tennis Falls at No. 2 Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE — The No. 37 LSU women’s tennis team fell at the hands of the country’s second-ranked team, losing by a score of 4-0 to Vanderbilt at the Currey Tennis Center Saturday.
The Tigers dropped to 13-8 (4-7 SEC) on the season with the loss while Vanderbilt improved to 17-3 (10-1 SEC).
A ranked matchup between LSU’s No. 36 pairing of Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson and Vanderbilt’s No. 56 pairing of Emily Smith and Emma Kurtz on court one went unfinished at 4-4 as Vanderbilt took the doubles point with wins on courts two and three.
The Tigers fought hard in singles all afternoon as Richardson, ranked No. 96 in the country, picked up a first-set tiebreaker over No. 40 Christina Rosca. No. 121 Ryann Foster was narrowly edged out in the first set by Vanderbilt’s ninth-ranked Astra Sharma, 6-4, before taking a 5-2 lead in the second as her and Richardson’s matches were unable to be completed.
No. 3 Fernanda Contreras won her first set against No. 82 Golovin on court two before Golovin fought back to force a tiebreak in the second set, which ultimately went in favor of Contreras.
Two more singles wins on courts four and five sealed the deal for the Commodores, who clinched the 4-0 win on court five.
The Tigers’ final weekend of conference play will come on the road, first at Alabama on Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m. CT, then at No. 17 Auburn on Sunday, April 15, at noon CT to conclude the regular season.
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#2 Vanderbilt 4, #37 LSU 0
1. #121 Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. #9 Astra Sharma (VANDY) 4-6, 5-2, unfinished
2. #3 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. #82 Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-2, 7-6 (3)
3. #96 Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. #40 Christina Rosca (VANDY) 7-6 (6), 0-2, unfinished
4. #118 Amanda Meyer (VANDY) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) def. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Summer Dvorak (VANDY) vs. Ashton Rabalais (LSU) not started
1. #56 Emily Smith/Emma Kurtz (VANDY) vs. #36 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 4-4, unfinished
2. Amanda Meyer/Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Ryann Foster/Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-2
3. Summer Dvorak/Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Luba Vasilyuk/Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-0
LSU 13-8, 4-7 SEC; National ranking #37
Vanderbilt 17-3, 10-1 SEC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,2,5)