Women’s Tennis Claims First Road Victory
Fort Worth, Texas – The LSU women’s tennis claimed its first road match victory of the season when they defeated TCU by a score of 4-2 on Friday, February 5, at the Bayard H. Freidman Center.
With the win, LSU moves to 4-0 on the season and the Horned Frogs fall to 4-2.
“Gutsy performance by this team,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “Our toughness and resilience was on show today. Nina (Geissler) played disciplined and confident, as well as the upperclassman leadership from Paris (Corley) and Taylor (Bridges). Those two showed their mental strength to come back in doubles and then persevere in a three set singles match was key to our victory.”
“We’ll continue to learn and build with each match. Today was a great team win on the road.”
The Horned Frogs claimed the first victory of the afternoon at the No. 1 doubles, where Mercedes Aristegui and Isabel Pascual defeated the No. 14-ranked duo of senior Eden Richardson and sophomore Nina Geissler by a score of 6-0.
The doubles point came down to the No. 3, where seniors Taylor Bridges and Paris Corley faced Marie Norris and Addy Guevara. The TCU duo got off to a hot start and quickly pulled away, taking a 5-2 lead in the match. Bridges and Corley turned the tides, winning the next three games and eventually forcing a tiebreaker, where the Tiger duo came out on top, 7-5, to complete the comeback and claim the doubles point for LSU.
TCU grabbed the first singles point of the afternoon at the No. 2 singles, where No. 46 Schroeder defeated No. 83 Carrington in a 6-3, 6-3, contest.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead after Geissler was victorious at the No. 6 over Guevara. Geissler took an early lead in the first set and went on win by a score of 6-3. The second set was a tight contest, with Geissler able to pull ahead and hold off a late surge from Guevara to win 6-4 and claim her fourth singles win of the season.
TCU equalized after Aristegui defeated Richardson at the No. 3. A back and forth first set required a tiebreaker that Aristegui won by a score of 7-4. Aristegui rode momentum into the second set to win 6-1 and give Richardson her first singles defeat of the season.
LSU retook the lead thanks to a win at the No. 4 by Corley over Kennedy. Corley got off to a great start, winning the first set 6-3 before Kennedy responded with a 6-2 win of her own to force a third set. In the third set, Corley recovered from a slow start and dispatched Kennedy by a score of 6-3 to get her 11th singles win overall in the season.
The match was clinched at the No. 1, where No. 41-ranked Bridges faced No. 68 Norris. Norris got off to a fast start, taking the first set 6-4. Bridges struck back in the second set, winning by a 6-3 margin and forcing a decisive third set. The third set saw Bridges take the lead and hold off a late charge from Norris to win 6-4 and grab her third win of the dual season.
LSU will conclude its road weekend in Texas when they take on SMU in Dallas at noon CT on Sunday, February 7.
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LSU 4, TCU 2
1. #41 Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. #68 Marie Norris (TCU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #46 Tate Schroeder (TCU) def. #83 Safiya Carrington (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Mercedes Aristegui (TCU) def. Eden Richardson (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
4. Paris Corley (LSU) def. Stevie Kennedy (TCU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
5. Isabel Pascual (TCU) vs. Maggie Cubitt (LSU) 5-7, 6-4, 5-4, unfinished
6. Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Addy Guevara (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,3,4,1)