No. 25 Tigers Down Gators
Gainesville, Fla. – The LSU women’s tennis team earned its tenth win of the dual season when they defeated the Florida Gators by a score of 4-2 on Friday, March 6, at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.
The win is the second win over Florida in program history, and first since 2009. With the win, LSU moves to 10-2 in the dual season and 3-0 in the SEC.
“These girls deserve all the credit for all the hard work put in,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “The belief they have in each other, and the way they handled every situation like champions. We started off with a solid doubles point and the way Eden, Nina, and Taylor played in singles was relentless and inspiring. This was a complete team effort with full energy.”
“It’s very satisfying to win in a place that the program has not won before. We will enjoy the win tonight and start our South Carolina preparations tomorrow.”
The doubles point came down to the No. 1, where the No. 26-ranked team of junior Eden Richardson and freshman Nina Geissler faced No. 58 McCartney Kessler/Marlee Zein. The two teams traded games back and forth before requiring a tiebreaker to decide the point. Richardson and Geissler were able to hold on and win the tiebreaker 7-5 and give LSU the doubles point.
Richardson gave LSU a 2-0 and earned her tenth win of the dual season at the No. 3 singles, knocking off a previously undefeated Victoria Emma in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Florida earned its first point of the night after Ida Jarlskog defeated No. 71 Safiya Carrington 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2.
Geissler earned her fourth consecutive win and gave LSU a 3-1 lead on the night after a strong 6-4, 6-0, straight set win at the No. 4 over Zein.
The Gators earned their second point of the night and cut the lead to 3-2 after Berlin was able to hold off Corley at the No. 5, 6-4, 6-4.
The Tigers clinched the match at the No. 1, where No. 36-ranked junior Taylor Bridges earned her third ranked win of the season after she defeated No. 54 McCartney Kessler in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
The Tigers will end the weekend in Columbia, South Carolina with a Top 25 matchup against No. 22 South Carolina at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday, March 8.
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LSU vs Florida
3/6/2020 at Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
#25 LSU 4, #38 Florida 2
1. #36 Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. #54 McCartney Kessler (UF) 6-4, 6-2
2. Ida Jarlskog (UF) def. #71 Safiya Carrington (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Eden Richardson (LSU) def. #111 Victoria Emma (UF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Marlee Zein (UF) 6-4, 6-0
5. Sydney Berlin (UF) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Tsveta Dimitrova (UF) vs. Maggie Cubitt (LSU) 3-6, 6-6, unfinished
Florida 5-3 (2-1 SEC)
LSU 10-2 (3-0 SEC); National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,4,5,1)