Women’s Tennis Hosts Kentucky, Vanderbilt
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU women’s tennis team (2-7, 1-3 SEC) return to the LSU Tennis Complex as they host the Kentucky Wildcats (12-5, 0-4 SEC) at 11 a.m. CT on Friday morning before ending the weekend with an 11 a.m. matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores (9-4, 1-3 SEC) on Sunday morning.
Admission to home matches at the LSU Tennis Complex is free of charge with gates opening one hour before start time. Friday’s match will feature a giveaway of free LSU hand fans and Sunday’s match will have free pastalaya available to those attending the match while supplies last.
Kentucky (Mar. 18)
Vanderbilt (Mar. 20)
Kentucky and LSU will meet for the 44th time in program series history on Friday, with the Tigers holding a narrow 22-21 advantage in previous meetings. When the teams met last season at Kentucky, LSU claimed a come from behind 4-3 win with singles wins from Safiya Carrington, Nina Geissler, and a match clinch from Maggie Cubitt.
The Wildcats enter the match ranked at No. 52 in the ITA Team Rankings with a 12-5 record and seeking their first SEC win of the season. When the team was in action last weekend, they fell to Missouri by a score of 4-3 and defeated Bellarmine University 4-0 in a Friday night double header before dropping Sunday’s match to Arkansas, 6-1.
Kentucky’s Florencia Urrutia has enjoyed a stellar singles season in the spring and leads the Wildcats with a 13-1 singles record playing primarily at the No. 4 spot. In doubles play, the Wildcats have claimed 12 of a possible 17 doubles point and have their No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team each boasts 7 wins this dual season.
The Commodores hold a 29-16 lead in the series, but the Tigers have claimed the last two straight. When the teams met in Nashville last season, LSU clinched a top 10 win over No. 9 Vanderbilt, 4-2, with singles wins from Carrington, Cubitt, and Geissler.
The Commodores enter the weekend ranked No. 44 in the country with a 9-4 record, 1-3 in SEC play. Last time out, Vanderbilt dropped Friday’s match against Arkansas, 4-3, before bouncing back with a 5-1 win over Missouri on Sunday.
Vanderbilt boasts a strong singles lineup with their usual No. 1 and No. 2 singles players ranked in the ITA Singles Rankings. Anna Ross currently sits at 12-4 on the overall season and is ranked No. 46 while teammate Anessa Lee sits at No. 64 with a 16-7 record on the year.
LSU enters the weekend with a 2-7 record on the season. Last weekend, LSU dropped Friday’s match against Ole Miss, 4-1, before picking up their first SEC win of the season with a 4-1 win at Mississippi State.
Ena Babic sits at No. 89 in the ITA Singles Rankings. Babic leads the team in overall singles win with an 8-5 record and has one ranked win to her name this season.
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