No. 19 Women's Tennis Open Weekend vs. No. 21 Kentucky
BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s tennis team will begin its home weekend by hosting No. 21 Kentucky at 4 p.m. CT on Friday, March 15, at the LSU Tennis Complex.
The Tigers have a narrow 21-20 series advantage over the Wildcats, including four wins in the last five meetings. In last year’s matchup at the Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, the Wildcats won by a score of 4-1. Senior Jessica Golovin earned LSU’s lone point when she won in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6(7), at the No. 2 singles.
The Tigers are 12-4 overall and 2-2 in SEC play on the season after falling in last week’s road trip to No. 2 Georgia on Friday by a score of 4-2 and on Sunday to No. 16 Tennessee, 4-0.
No. 15-ranked sophomore Eden Richardson leads the Tigers at the No. 1 singles, having eight wins on the season. Against Georgia, Richardson defeated No. 1 Katarina Jokic in three sets and became the first Tiger to defeat an ITA No. 1 since Megan Falcon in 2008.
In doubles, the pairing of Richardson and Golovin are ranked No. 3 and are 9-2 in the dual season at the No. 1 doubles.
Notes on Kentucky
Kentucky is ranked No. 21 in this week’s ITA/Oracle rankings and are 13-2 on the season.
The Wildcats are led in singles by No. 48 Justina Mikulskyte, who has an 8-2 record at the No. 1 singles this season. Tiphanie Fiquet has notched eleven wins in the dual season, which is the most for her team.
In doubles, Mikulskyte and her partner Akvile Parazinskaite are ranked No. 55 and have an impressive 8-3 record at the No. 1 doubles. At the No. 2 doubles, Fiquet and her partner Lesedi Jones boast an 11-1 record and are ranked No. 76.
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