No. 23 Women's Tennis Team Fall to No. 31 Florida 4-3
BATON ROUGE – Senior Jessica Golovin earned her sixth win against a ranked opponent this season when the LSU women’s team fell to Florida in a close 4-3 match on Friday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 14-7 on the season and 4-5 in SEC play.
“A heck of a match that went down to the wire,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “The final court was at 5-5 in the final set, and you have to give credit to both players at the very end there. I’m just proud of our team. We keep knocking on the door in these close matches, and we keep getting better every match. If we just keep believing, we’ll start getting these.”
The Tigers took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3.
Florida got one back when Victoria Emma and McCartney Kessler defeated the No. 10-ranked duo of sophomore Eden Richardson and Golovin at the No. 1 doubles, 6-3.
Florida earned the first singles point of the match when Berlin defeated sophomore Luba Vasilyuk 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 singles.
No. 60-ranked Golovin earned her sixth ranked win of the season when she defeated No. 38 Kessler in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles to give LSU a 2-1 lead. With the win, Golovin improves to 12-4 in the dual season.
The Gators tied the match at 2-2 when No. 16 Jarlskog defeated No. 10 Richardson 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles.
Florida took a 3-2 lead when Dimitrova defeated Johnson in a grinding three-set match. Dimitrova won her first set 7-5 before Johnson struck back with a 6-3 win. Dimitrova emerged victorious in the third set, winning 6-2 and taking the point at the No. 5 singles.
At the No. 3 singles, Bridges came from behind to earn her 14th win of the dual season. After losing the first set 3-6, Bridges won the second set 6-3 before emphatically winning the third set 6-1 to tie the match at 3-3.
The match came down to the No. 4 singles. Zein won the first set in a 7-6(4) tiebreaker before Corley equalized by winning the second set 7-5. Despite multiple rallies from Corley, including four straight wins in the set, Zein won the final set 7-5 to clinch the match for Florida.
The No. 21 Tigers finish the weekend by taking on No. 4 South Carolina at noon CT on Sunday, March 31, at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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31 Florida 4, #23 LSU 3
1. #16 Ida Jarlskog (UF) def. #10 Eden Richardson (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #60 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. #38 McCartney Kessler (UF) 7-5, 6-1
3. Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Victoria Emma (UF) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Marlee Zein (UF) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-5
5. Tsveta Dimitrova (UF) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
6. Sydney Berlin (UF) def. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
Florida 8-8 (5-4 SEC); National ranking #31
LSU 14-7 (4-5 SEC); National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5,3,4)
Official: Richie Weaver