Bridges Takes ITA Southern Regional Singles Title
BATON ROUGE – LSU women’s tennis team junior Taylor Bridges defeated senior Paris Corley to win the 2019 ITA Women’s Southern Regional Singles Championship on Tuesday, October 22, at the LSU Tennis Complex.
“Overall, this was a great note to finish on with our team,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “The first day, I wasn’t happy with everything. The way the team responded to that and came back the next day and played phenomenally was great to see. It spoke volumes of the characters of this team. We’re happy with how this tournament went.”
“Taylor (Bridges) and Paris (Corley) were professional today and they handled the situation well. Playing your teammates is the hardest thing in tennis. It’s almost hard to have that killer instinct, especially with these two since they’re such good friends and have been since they were competing at junior levels. We’re proud of how they competed against each other today.”
The finals of the doubles tournament saw junior Eden Richardson and freshman Nina Geissler face Auburn’s Selin Ovunc and Taylor Russo. Ovunc and Russo took an early lead in the first set and didn’t slow down as they won the first set 6-3. Having momentum, Auburn’s duo didn’t lose form in the second set, winning it 6-2 to claim the doubles title.
After five rounds of main draw competition, the final match of the singles bracket pit LSU against LSU as Bridges took on Corley. The match began with both Tigers contesting an even contest, splitting the first six games 3-3. Bridges was able to gain momentum, charging ahead and taking the next three games to win the set 6-3. The second set was a strong showing from Bridges as she didn’t allow Corley to win a single game, winning the set 6-0 and securing the singles title.
“Honestly, I didn’t feel like I played well at the beginning of the tournament,” Bridges said. “There were some instances where I just had to keep fighting and be able to get through the matches. As the tournament progressed, I started to play better and better and found momentum and was able to carry it forward.”
“It was hard to face Paris in the final. Obviously, you want to win every match. At the same time, she’s my best friend and I want her to do well too. It was difficult to see her across the net, but we competed hard against each other and it was a great fight.”
Bridges and Corley will compete in the 2019 ITA National Fall Championships in Newport Beach, California beginning on November 6. The rest of the Tigers will return to action at the annual Tiger Fall Classic hosted by LSU, beginning on Friday, November 8, at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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Doubles – Final
(AUB) Ovunc/Russo def. (LSU) Richardson/Geissler, 6-3, 6-2
Singles – Final