Tigers Victorious in First ITA Kickoff Match
Austin, Texas – The LSU women’s tennis team advanced to the finals of the ITA Kickoff Weekend after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders by a score of 4-1 on Friday, January 24, at the Texas Tennis Center.
The doubles point was decided at the No. 1, where junior Eden Richardson and freshman Nina Geissler faced the duo of Nell Miller and Lisa Mays. The teams contested an even match, swapping games back and forth before requiring a tiebreaker to decide the point. The Tigers took an early lead and were in control the whole tiebreaker, coming away with a 7-4 win and clinching the doubles point for LSU.
The first singles point of the afternoon went to LSU after Geissler dominated her match at the No. 5 singles, defeating Marinkov in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
Texas Tech earned their sole point of the afternoon and cut LSU’s lead to 2-1 at the No. 3 after Mays defeated Corley by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Richardson extended LSU’s lead to 3-1 following a come from behind win at the No. 4 against Miller. Miller took the narrow first set by a score of 7-5 before Richardson responded with a strong 6-0 sweep in the second set to force the third. Richardson controlled the third set and held off a late surge to win 6-4.
No. 61-ranked Carrington clinched the match for the Tigers in a three set thriller against Peet at the No. 2. Peet held Carrington off in the first set to win 7-5 and take the match lead. Carrington replied with a good performance in the second set, winning 6-4 and forcing the decisive third set. Carrington dominated the third set and coasted to a 6-1 win to give the Tigers the win.
The Tigers will take on No. 7-ranked Texas in the final of Austin’s ITA Kickoff Weekend bracket, with a spot at the 2020 ITA Indoor Championship on the line. The Longhorns are 1-0 in the dual season, having swept Iowa 4-0 earlier in the day. Texas has three players ranked in singles, Anna Turati at No. 4, No. 43 Lexi Ryngler, and No. 98 Fernanda Labrana.
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Texas Tech vs LSU
Jan 24, 2020 at Austin, Texas
(Texas Tennis Center)
LSU 4, Texas Tech 1
1. #42 Taylor Bridges (LSU) vs. Margarita Skriabina (TTU) 6-1, 3-6, 4-4, unfinished
2. #61 Safiya Carrington (LSU) def. Olivia Peet (TTU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
3. Lisa Mays (TTU) def. #105 Paris Corley (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Nell Miller (TTU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
5. Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Bojana Marinkov (TTU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Anna Loughlan (LSU) vs. Kennedy Bridgforth (TTU) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 1-3, unfinished
Texas Tech 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,4,2)