Lady Tigers Tennis Climbs to No. 22 in ITA Rankings

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Lady Tigers Tennis Climbs to No. 22 in ITA Rankings

BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU women’s tennis team moved up two spots to 22 in the latest ITA team ranking after defeating Missouri and No. 7 Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament.

The ranking marks the highest spot for the program since the 2009 season. The Lady Tigers defeated the Aggies, 4-3, to secure a spot in the semifinal for just the third time in school history.

LSU heads into NCAA Tournament play with a 19-10 record overall. The mark is tied for the third-most wins in a single season. This year’s team has the chance to become only the third team in school history to reach 20 wins in a single season.

Skylar Kuykendall continues to climb in the rankings and is now at 57. It marks the highest spot for the junior this season. The Jasper, Alabama native went 2-1 at the tournament including another ranked win, this time over No. 54 Rutuja Bohsale of A&M. Kuykendall continues to lead the country in wins with 24.

Joana Vale Costa dropped one spot to 30 after going 1-2 in the tournament. Vale Costa is 15-9 overall and has held down court one for the Lady Tigers all season.

Vale Costa along with parter Noel Scott are also ranked in doubles. The duo is 37th in the country. The pair is 9-10 this season on court one with a signature win over No. 6 Emily Flickinger and Pleun Burgmans of Auburn.

The Lady Tigers await their 2015 NCAA Tournament destination. The bracket will be announced Tuesday, April 28 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com
For more information on the LSU women’s tennis program follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell, on Instagram @LSUWTen and on www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.

ITA Women’s Tennis Top 25

Rank, School, Avg., Previous
1, North Carolina , 77.39, 1
2, Southern Cal , 75.30, 2
3, California , 70.17, 3
4, Vanderbilt , 70.01, 9
5, Florida , 68.79, 3
6, UCLA , 66.41, 5
7, Georgia , 65.34, 6
8, Baylor , 60.67, 8
9, Texas A&M , 60.06, 7
10, Virginia , 54.52, 12
11, Oklahoma State , 53.97, 10
12, Michigan , 53.05, 14
13, Stanford , 52.26, 11
14, Alabama , 52.14, 13
15, Miami (Fla.) , 45.36, 16
16, Texas Tech , 42.88, 15
17, TCU , 41.49, 19
18, Ohio State , 38.48, 17
19, Pepperdine , 34.92, 18
20, Mississippi , 34.38, 22
21, Clemson , 34.37, 21
22, LSU , 34.36, 24
23, Duke , 34.32, 23
24, Kentucky , 30.58, 20
25, Arizona State , 29.09, 26