Women's Tennis Dominates Doubleheader
BATON ROUGE – The No. 16-ranked LSU women’s tennis team remains undefeated at home after victories against South Alabama and Jackson State on Sunday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
LSU defeated South Alabama 4-0 in it’s first match and continued on to defeat Jackson State 4-1. The Tigers improved to 9-2 on the season, while South Alabama fell to 10-1 and Jackson State dropped to 2-9.
“I thought we did really well,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “We had a good start in doubles and carried it over to singles. We extended our leads on the court, and I don’t feel like we had any mental lapses today, which is something we’re really focusing on. South Alabama were undefeated coming into the match, which is a testament to how good they are and what good competitors they are. They came in confident, so I’m proud of how our girls stayed mentally strong all the way through.
“We played really well. It was great to see Marina (Hermanny de Figueiredo) and Luba (Vasilyuk) out there in doubles today. We switched up teams and had a little fun. In singles, getting Marina (Hermanny de Figueiredo) in there was really exciting for us.”
MATCH 1 vs. South Alabama
The Tigers took the doubles point against the Jaguars with two wins on courts five and three.
The No. 57-ranked duo of junior Paris Corley and sophomore Taylor Bridges were first off of the court after defeating the pair of Nikola Kohoutova and Alexandria Stiteler, 6-4.
Freshman Anna Loughlan and senior Kennan Johnson clinched the doubles point for the Tigers, beating Yu Fujioka and Yurie Takanishi, 6-3.
Corley gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead after beating Nikola Kohoutova 6-0, 6-4, on court four.
Johnson extended LSU’s lead to 3-0 following a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Leslie Soto on court three.
No. 15-ranked Eden Richardson clinched with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alexandria Stiteler on court one.
MATCH 2 vs. Jackson State
LSU took an early lead in the match after taking the doubles point.
On court one, Johnson and Loughlan claimed their second win of the day after defeating Oni Jones and Maria Martinez, 6-2.
The duo of Corley and sophomore Luba Vasilyuk clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory over Lucia Solis and Lily Zhang, to give LSU the 1-0 lead.
Vasilyuk gave the Tigers the 2-1 lead after shutting out Lucia Placidi in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, on court five.
Bridges extended LSU’s lead to 3-1 after defeating Oni Jones in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, on court two.
Johnson clinched the match for LSU after taking down Nina Zhang on court three, 6-1, 6-0.
The Tigers will open SEC play with a match against Alabama on Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m. CT. LSU will face Auburn on Sunday, March 3 at noon CT at the LSU Tennis Complex. Admission is free to the public.
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#16 LSU 4, South Alabama 0
No. 11 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. Martins/Pasanen (USA), 4-4 (unfinished)
Kennan Johnson/Anna Loughlan (LSU) def. Fujioka/Takanishi (USA), 6-3
No. 57 Taylor Bridges/Paris Corley (LSU) def. Kohoutova/Stiteler (USA), 6-4
No. 15 Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Alexandria Stiteler (USA), 6-2, 6-4
Taylor Bridges (LSU) led Yu Fujioka (USA) 7-6(5), 2-1, (unfinished)
Kennan Johnson (LSU) def. Leslie Soto (USA), 6-3, 6-2
Paris Corley (LSU) def. Nikola Kohoutova (USA), 6-0, 6-4
Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) led Milka Pasanen (USA), 6-3, 2-3 (unfinished)
Anna Loughlan (LSU) led Patricia Martins (USA), 6-0, 4-3 (unfinished)
LSU 8-2; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,1) Official: Richie Weaver
#18 LSU 4, Jackson State 1
Kennan Johnson/Anna Loughlan (LSU) def. Oni Jones/Maria Martinez (JSU) 6-2
Paris Corley/Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Lucia Solis/Lily Zhang (JSU) 6-2
Eden Richardson/Marina Figueiredo (LSU) vs. Lucia Placidi/Nina Zhang (JSU) 5-3, unfinished
#15 Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Lucia Solis (JSU) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Oni Jones (JSU) 6-0, 6-0
Kennan Johnson (LSU) def. Nina Zhang (JSU) 6-1, 6-0
Maria Martinez (JSU) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 0-5, retired
Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Lucia Placidi (JSU) 6-0, 6-0
Marina Figueiredo (LSU) vs. Lily Zhang (JSU) 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
Jackson State 2-9
LSU 10-2; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,5,2,3) Official: Richie Weaver