No. 21 Women's Tennis Team Edge No. 46 Arkansas 4-3
Fayetteville, Ark. – With all eyes on her court, sophomore Eden Richardson won her third set to give No. 21 LSU a 4-3 win over No. 46 Arkansas on Friday at the Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville.
The Tigers increase to 13-6 on the season and 3-4 in SEC play.
“This is a tremendous team victory,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “Massive props to Eden for coming through in the deciding match for her team and Tiger Nation! We played one of our better doubles points of the season and the team’s spirit kept Eden and Taylor filled with energy until the end! We will enjoy this one and carry the momentum on to Missouri.”
The Tigers took the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2.
The No.10-ranked duo of Richardson and senior Jessica Golovin clinched the doubles point for LSU at the No. 1 doubles with a 6-4 win over Martina Zerulo and Tatum Rice.
Arkansas equalized after Alter earned the first singles point of the night at the No. 4 singles, defeating Corley 6-2, 6-4.
The Tigers took the lead back at the No. 2 singles when No. 60 Golovin defeated No. 79 Rice in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to earn her fifth ranked win this season.
Arkansas tied the score at 2-2 when Jackie Carr defeated Loughlan 6-3, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
The Razorbacks took a 3-2 lead after Miruna Tudor won her match at the No. 5 singles, defeating sophomore Luba Vasilyuk 6-0, 6-3.
Taylor Bridges tied the match at 3-3 for LSU when she defeated Laura Rijkers in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 3 singles to earn her 13th win of the season.
The match came down to the No. 1 singles court. No. 115 Zerulo narrowly took the first set, 7-5, before No. 10 Richardson won the second set, 6-4, to force a third and final set. With the match on the line, Richardson emerged victorious by winning the final set by a score of 7-5, to earn her tenth win of the season.
The No. 21 Tigers will conclude their road weekend at Missouri at noon CT on Sunday, March 24.
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#21 LSU 4, #46 Arkansas 3
1. #15 Eden Richardson (LSU) def. #115 Martina Zerulo (Ark) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
2. #60 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. #79 Tatum Rice (Ark) 7-5, 6-1
3. Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Laura Rujkers (Ark) 7-5, 6-3
4. Lauren Alter (Ark) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Miruna Tudor (Ark) def. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
6. Jackie Carr (Ark) def. Anna Loughlan (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
LSU 13-6 3-4 SEC; National ranking #21
Arkansas 8-9 1-5 SEC; National ranking #46
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,2,6,5,3,1)