Carrington Earns Pair of Victories on First Day
Baton Rouge– LSU women’s tennis team freshman Safiya Carrington earned two wins in the pre-qualifying stages of the ITA All-American Championships on Saturday, October 5, at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The eighth seed duo of sophomore Anna Loughlan and freshman Maggie Cubitt faced off against Kentucky’s No. 1 seeded Lesedi Jacobs and Akvile Parazinskaite. The duo from Kentucky took the early lead and didn’t look back, winning the match 6-2 to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
In the consolation bracket, junior Luba Vasilyuk faced Azul Pedemonti from Houston. Vasilyuk and Pedemonti contested a close first set, requiring a tiebreaker to decide the difference. Vasilyuk pulled ahead and narrowly won the tiebreaker 7-5 to take the lead. Pedemonti struck back in the second set, winning 6-4 and forcing a ten-point tiebreaker in the third set. Pedemonti won the tiebreaker by a score of 10-4 to advance to the next round.
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Carrington began her singles campaign by facing off against Oklahoma’s Camila Romero. Carrington showed her strength in the first set by dominating on her way to a 6-1 victory. The second set had Carrington and Romero trading games back and forth before Carrington was able to pull away and win the set by a score of 6-4 to advance.
Junior Taylor Bridges began her fall campaign competing against Natsuho Arakawa of Washington. Arakawa was victorious in the first set by a score of 6-4 before Bridges swung momentum and won the second set, 7-5, to force the decisive third set. Multiple weather delays occurred in the third set that eventually saw Bridges able to take the third set, 7-5, and earn her first win of the fall campaign.
Carrington’s second round matchup was against Arkansas’ Jackie Carr. Carrington kept form from a strong first match, blanking Carr on her way to winning the first set 6-0. The second set was a similar story, with Carrington winning 6-1 to advance to the next round.
Bridges took on Princeton’s Brianna Shvets in her second round matchup. Shvets and Bridges contested a close first set, with Shvets able to narrowly take the first set by a score of 7-5. Shvets kept her form in the second set, winning 6-3 to advance rounds.
Pre-qualifying in the singles bracket of the ITA All-American Championships continues on Sunday at 8 a.m. CT, with Carrington looking to advance to the qualifying stages.
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