Women’s Tennis Set to Compete in SEC Tournament

by Robert Quiroga | Communications Student Assistant
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Women’s Tennis Set to Compete in SEC Tournament

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The No. 9 LSU Women’s Tennis team (14-4, 9-4 SEC) will begin its postseason push as the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament and will take on the No. 5-seeded Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the quarterfinals at noon CT on Wednesday, April 21, at the Alabama Tennis Center.

Tennessee (Apr. 21)

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Selling Points

“We’re thrilled for the postseason to start,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “We want to keep our momentum we built in the regular season and we’re hungry to continue elevating ourselves. We’ll bring the energy and firepower we’ve had all year to our opponents and be ready to impose ourselves on tomorrow’s challenge.”

Vs. Tennessee

The Tigers and Lady Volunteers have met 46 times over the years, with Tennessee holding a 28-18 advantage in the series. When the teams met in the regular season at the LSU Tennis Complex, it was LSU who came out on top in a 4-2 match.

Tennessee sits at 16-7 and is ranked as the No. 5 seed in the tournament. The Volunteers defeated No.13-seeded Mississippi State in the second round with a 4-0 sweep, with the Lady Vols getting their four points from the doubles point and singles victories by No. 56 Carly Briggs, Daria Kuczer, and Tenika McGiffin.
Last Time Out

The Tigers ended the regular season with two wins at home, sweeping the Arkansas Razorbacks 4-0 on Thursday, April 8, before defeating the Missouri Tigers by a score of 4-1 on Saturday, April 10.

Tiger Tidbits

The Tigers head into the postseason with a 14-4 overall record and finished SEC play with a 9-4 record. Nine wins in SEC play is a new program-high for the Tigers, beating the previous high of seven wins accomplished in 1991 and 2015 by two games. LSU’s success through the season sees them head into the SEC Tournament ranked at No. 9. The No. 9 ranking ties the highest ranking in program history and is the first time since the 2016 season the team has ranked as high.

Individually, LSU continues to be represented in both the singles and doubles rankings. Senior Paris Corley leads the Tigers this week by checking in at No. 51. Corley heads into postseason with a 17-4 overall record in singles play, leading the team in wins.

Senior Taylor Bridges is not far behind her teammate, moving to No. 55 in this week’s rankings. The Mesa, Arizona native has been a rock for the Purple & Gold this season, picking up seven wins in dual play at the No. 1 spot for the Tigers. Overall, Bridges has grabbed 13 wins this season, with three of those coming against ranked opponents.

Rounding out the singles rankings for the Tigers is sophomore Safiya Carrington at No. 105. Carrington has notched six wins in dual play at the No. 2 spot, and ten overall in the 2020-21 season.

In doubles, Bridges and Corley represent the Tigers with a ranking of No. 84. The seniors currently sit at 15-3 in the overall season, with 12 of those wins coming in the dual season. The duo has played across all three doubles spots in dual play and has picked up two ranked wins.

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