No. 11 Women’s Tennis Hosts Arkansas

by Robert Quiroga | Communications Student Assistant
No. 11 Women’s Tennis Hosts Arkansas

Baton Rouge, La. – The No. 11 LSU Women’s Tennis team (12-4, 7-4 SEC) will begin the final week of the regular season when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks at the LSU Tennis Complex at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 8. 

Arkansas (Apr. 8) 

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Selling Points 

“This weekend is all about finishing the regular season strong,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “We’re excited to be back on our home courts and in front of our fans. We’ve done a good job so far this season but still have a lot of work to do and goals to obtain! We have a tough opponent coming up in Arkansas, but we’re thrilled for the challenge and ready to bring our energy tomorrow night.” 

Vs. Arkansas 

LSU and Arkansas will face off for the 42nd time on Thursday, with the Tigers holding a narrow 22-19 advantage in the series. When the teams met last in 2019 at Arkansas, the visiting Tigers secured a 4-3 win. 

Arkansas is 10-7 thus far this season with a 4-7 record in conference play. In the latest ITA computerized team rankings, Arkansas checked in at No. 28. 

In singles, Laura Rijkers has enjoyed the most success for the Razorbacks in dual play, boasting a 6-3 record playing at the No. 5 and 6 singles spot. She is joined by teammate Jackie Carr at the top with a 6-5 record playing primarily at the No. 3. In doubles, the duo of Lauren Alter and Tatum Rice leads the line for Arkansas with a 7-4 record at the No. 1 spot. 

Last Time Out 

LSU went 2-0 over its road weekend, sweeping Alabama 4-0 on Thursday afternoon before finishing the weekend by downing then-No. 20 in a tight 4-3 contest on Saturday. 

Tiger Tidbits 

Seniors Taylor Bridges and Paris Corley have led the Tigers this season in singles play. In the latest Oracle/ITA Singles RankingsCorley’s strong season of singles play thus far saw her move up to No. 40. Corley has earned a 7-3 record in dual play while playing primarily at the No. 3 singles spot for the Tigers; Overall, Corley’s 15-4 record sees her currently lead the team in singles wins. 

Bridges moved up to No. 50 in the latest singles rankings. Playing at the No. 1 spot for the Tigers, Bridges has tallied a 7-6 record in dual play and sits second on the team in overall singles wins with a 13-9 record, three of which came against ranked opponents. 

Sophomore Safiya Carrington rounds out the Tigers ranked in singles at No. 84. Carrington has notched six wins in dual play for the Tigers, and ten overall in the 2020-21 season.  

In doubles, senior Eden Richardson and sophomore Nina Geissler represent the team at No. 72. The duo has grabbed four wins playing at the No. 1 spot, including two wins over ranked duos. The usual two are joined by Bridges and Corley, whose 10-3 record in the dual season sees them sit at No. 73 in the doubles rankings. 

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