Women’s Tennis Set for Home and Away Weekend
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU women’s tennis team (0-2) returns to action for the first time in three weeks as they host No. 19 UCF at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, February 18 before concluding the weekend on the road as they visit the Rice Owls at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, February 20.
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The Tigers and the Knights will meet for the first time in dual play when they play at the LSU Tennis Complex on Friday night. UCF enters the match with a 3-2 record, with their only defeats coming to No. 25 Auburn and No. 7 Virginia.
Three players for the Knights are ranked in the latest ITA Singles Rankings, with No. 48 Evgeniya Levashova leading the way with an 8-9 overall singles record. Valeriya Zelevka trails at No. 65 with a 4-3 singles record while Marie Mattel rounds out the ranked Knights at No. 121 with a 10-13 record.
LSU and Rice will face off for the 20th time in the series’ history on Sunday, with LSU holding an 11-8 advantage. When the teams met on opening weekend last year at the LSU Tennis Complex, the Tigers grabbed a 4-0 win with singles points coming from graduate student Taylor Bridges and junior Nina Geissler.
The Owls enter the weekend with a 3-1 record, picking up wins against Lamar, FAU, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The lone loss came at ITA Kickoff Weekend as they were defeated by SMU, 4-2. They are led in singles play by Allison Zipoli, who boasts a strong 9-2 singles record and a perfect 4-0 start in dual matches.
The Tigers have had a limited dual season schedule thus far, only participating in two matches at ITA Kickoff Weekend, where they were defeated by a score of 4-0 to No. 20 Tennessee and No. 24 Oklahoma State.
Junior Safiya Carrington is ranked individually as she checked in at No. 82 in the latest singles rankings. Carrington had a strong fall campaign and posted a 7-4 record across three tournaments. Her best spell came at the ITA Southern Regionals, where she defeated five of the southern region’s best players on her way to a runner-up finish in the singles bracket.
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