No. 19 Women’s Tennis Defeated by No. 3 Georgia 4-0

by Robert Quiroga | Communications Student Assistant
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No. 19 Women’s Tennis Defeated by No. 3 Georgia 4-0

Baton Rouge, La. – The No. 19 LSU Women’s Tennis team fell by a score of 4-0 to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night at the LSU Tennis Complex. 

With the defeat, LSU falls to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in SEC play, while Georgia moves to 10-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in SEC play. 

Selling Points 

“Credit to Georgia for a tough win that showed why they’re one of the best in the nation,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “Today proved that we can compete with and have the ability to beat any team in this country. We are proud of this team and they are committed to keeping on improving as we move into the second half of the SEC season. We’ll rest up and be ready for another great opportunity on Sunday.”

Doubles Results  

Georgia’s Meg Kowalski and Lea Ma were the first doubles duo off the courts, defeating sophomore Maggie Cubitt and freshman Samantha Buyckx in a 6-3 contest at the No. 3 doubles. 

The Bulldogs clinched the doubles point at the No. 1, where Katarina Jokic and Ariana Arsenault defeated the No. 14-ranked duo of senior Eden Richardson and sophomore Nina Geissler by a score of 6-3 

Singles Results  

No. 31 Ma grabbed the first singles point of the afternoon at the No. 2 singles spot, where she defeated No. 81 Safiya Carrington. The two contested a tight first set, with Ma able to narrowly beat Carrington 7-5 before carrying momentum into the second set to get a 6-3 win. 

Georgia made it 3-0 on the night after No. 60 Kowalski defeated senior Paris Corley at the No. 3. Kowalski won the first set 6-3 before holding off a late surge from Corley in the second, narrowly winning 7-5 to secure the win. 

The match was clinched at the No. 1, where No. 16 Jokic defeated No. 41 Taylor Bridges. Jokic claimed the first set 6-3 before Bridges responded with a strong 6-3 second set, forcing a third set to decide the court. The third set saw Jokic take the lead and not look back on her way to a 6-0 win and giving Georgia the match victory. 

Up Next 

The No. 19 Tigers conclude the weekend by hosting No. 23 Tennessee at noon CT on Sunday, March 14.

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#3 Georgia 4, #19 LSU 0 

Singles competition 

1. #16 Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. #41 Taylor Bridges (LSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 

2. #31 Lea Ma (UGA) def. #81 Safiya Carrington (LSU) 7-5, 6-3 

3. #60 Meg Kowalski (UGA) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 6-3, 7-5 

4. Maggie Cubitt (LSU) vs. #73 Morgan Coppoc (UGA) 6-2, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished 

5. Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. #50 Marta Gonzalez (UGA) 6-2, 2-6, 0-4, unfinished 

6. Nina Geissler (LSU) vs. Elena Christofi (UGA) 4-6, 5-6, unfinished 

Doubles competition 

1. Katarina Jokic/Ariana Arseneault (UGA) def. #14 Nina Geissler/Eden Richardson (LSU) 6-3 

2. Taylor Bridges/Paris Corley (LSU) vs. #37 Morgan Coppoc/Elena Christofi (UGA) 5-2, unfinished 

3. Meg Kowalski/Lea Ma (UGA) def. Samantha Buyckx/Maggie Cubitt (LSU) 6-3 

Match Notes 

Georgia 10-1 (6-0 SEC); National ranking #3 

LSU 9-3 (4-3 SEC); National ranking #19 

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