Women's Tennis Sweep Doubleheader Opener

by Robert Quiroga | Communications Student Assistant
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Women's Tennis Sweep Doubleheader Opener

BATON ROUGE – The No. 24 LSU women’s tennis team opened the 2021 dual season with two 4-0 sweeps over Rice and then Southern on Sunday, January 31, at the LSU Tennis Complex.

 

With the wins, LSU moves to 2-0 on the season.

Selling Points

“Awesome opening day for the Tigers,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “We’re really encouraged by the way our team performed in their first match day of the year against two well coached teams. We got off to tremendous starts in doubles and carried it over to singles. Our team played physically and disciplined despite tough, windy conditions. We’ll look to continue to improve at practice and get ready for the next match against Tulane!”

Doubles Results – Rice

Seniors Taylor Bridges and Paris Corley struck first for LSU, grabbing a win at the No. 3 over Anna Bowtell and Victoria Smirnova by a score of 6-1.

 

Moments later, the Tigers clinched the doubles point at the No. 2 when sophomores Safiya Carrington and Maggie Cubitt defeated the duo of Michaela Haet and Federica Trevisan in a 6-1 contest.

 

Singles Results – Rice

Corley was also the first off the courts in singles competition, defeating Anastasia Smirnova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to give LSU a 2-0 lead in the match.

 

No. 41-ranked Bridges extended the Tigers’ lead to 3-0 with a win at the No. 1 against Victoria Smirnova. Smirnova jumped to an early lead and claimed the first set in a strong 6-1 fashion. Bridges responded by winning 12 of the next 13 games on her way to winning the second and third sets 6-0, 6-1 respectively.

 

Sophomore Nina Geissler clinched the first win of the season for LSU with a win at the No. 6 over Maria Budin. Geissler and Budin contested a back and forth first set, requiring a tiebreaker to decide it. Geissler outlasted Budin in the tiebreaker, 7-4, and carried momentum into the second set where she defeated her foe 6-4 to secure the win for herself and the team.

 

Doubles Results – Southern

The English duo of senior Eden Richardson and junior Anna Loughlan were first off the doubles court as they came out victorious in a 6-1 contest over Takalani Molaoa and Kourtni Stewart at the No. 2 doubles.

LSU clinched the doubles point after Bridges and freshman Samantha Buyckx were victorious at the No. 3, defeating Sasha Taruberekera and Shaeda Nickle by a score of 6-1.

 

The Tigers completed the doubles sweep when Carrington and Cubitt came out on top over Tanaka Chakanyuka and Agyeponmaa Minta, 6-2, at the No. 1.

 

Singles Results – Southern

Buyckx earned the first singles win of her dual match career at the No. 5, defeating Taruberekera in a 6-0, 6-1 contest to give LSU a 2-0 lead on the night.

 

The lead was extended to 3-0 seconds later as Richardson grabbed her first singles win of the dual season with a 6-1, 6-0 straight set victory over Minta at the No. 2.

 

For the second time on the day, Geissler clinched the sweep for the Tigers with a singles win. At the No. 4, Geissler played a near perfect match as she completed the full 6-0, 6-0, sweep over Munyulwa to pick up her second singles win of the dual season.

 

Up Next

The Tigers return to the LSU Tennis Complex for a match against Tulane at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, February 3.

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#24 LSU 4, Rice 0
Jan 31, 2021 at LSU Tennis Complex

Singles competition

1. #41 Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Victoria Smirnova (RICE) 1-6, 6-0, 6-1

2. #83 Safiya Carrington (LSU) vs. Michaela Haet (RICE) 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0, unfinished

3. Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Federica Trevisan (RICE) 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, unfinished

4. Maggie Cubitt (LSU) vs. Anna Bowtell (RICE) 7-5, 2-6, 3-5, unfinished

5. Paris Corley (LSU) def. Anastasia Smirnova (RICE) 6-1, 6-4

6. Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Maria Budin (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

 

Doubles competition

1. #14 Nina Geissler/Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Maria Budin/Diae El Jardi (RICE) 3-3, unfinished

2. Safiya Carrington/Maggie Cubitt (LSU) def. Michaela Haet/Federica Trevisan (RICE) 6-1

3. Taylor Bridges/Paris Corley (LSU) def. Anna Bowtell/Victoria Smirnova (RICE) 6-1

 

Match Notes

Rice 0-1

LSU 1-0; National ranking #24

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,1,6)

Official: Richie Weaver

#24 LSU 4, Southern University 0
Jan 31, 2021 at LSU Tennis Complex

Singles competition

1. Taylor Bridges (LSU) vs. Tanaka Chakanyuka (SUBR) 6-0, 5-0, unfinished

2. Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Agyeponmaa Minta (SUBR) 6-1, 6-0

3. Maggie Cubitt (LSU) vs. Takalani Molaoa (SUBR) 6-0, 4-1, unfinished

4. Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Nandi Munyulwa (SUBR) 6-0, 6-0

5. Samantha Buyckx (LSU) def. Sasha Taruberekera (SUBR) 6-0, 6-1

6. Anna Loughlan (LSU) vs. Shaeda Nickle (SUBR) 6-2, 3-1, unfinished

 

Doubles competition

1. Safiya Carrington/Maggie Cubitt (LSU) def. Tanaka Chakanyuka/Agyeponmaa Minta (SUBR) 6-2

2. Anna Loughlan/Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Takalani Molaoa/Kourtni Stewart (SUBR) 6-1

3. Taylor Bridges/Samantha Buyckx (LSU) def. Sasha Taruberekera/Shaeda Nickle (SUBR) 6-1

 

Match Notes

Southern University 0-3

LSU 2-0; National ranking #24

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4)

Official: Richie Weaver