BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s tennis team (2-0) earned two victories as they defeated both Nicholls (0-1) and Southern (0-1) in their home opening double header.
“I thought we did really well today,” said LSU head coach Julia S. Sell. “It was the first match, and we have a lot of freshmen and a lot of new faces so we were a little nervous at times, but we competed hard. We got better and better with each set. It was a great opening day.”
No. 66 LSU defeated Nicholls 4-2 in the first match and followed with a 5-1 victory against Southern.
Jeremiah met defeat 6-2, 6-2 at the hands of Stephanie Barnett while Ella Taylor fell to Marie Aubert 6-3, 6-3.
Vale Costa earned her first singles victory as she defeated Nicholls’ Kateryna Nakonechna 6-1, 6-3.
Holloway posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Emma Kranendonk of Nicholls. Owens then secured LSU’s victory over Nicholls as she defeated Klara Skopac 6-4, 6-4.
LSU returned to the court for an evening match as they defeated Southern 5-1.
Vale Costa and Holloway notched another doubles victory as they beat Darnesha Moore and Gabrielle Moore 6-0.
Owens and Jeremiah secured the doubles point as they topped Morgan Taylor and Camara Davis 6-2.
Holloway downed Kendall Bunch 6-2, 6-0 while Vale Costa earned her fourth victory of the day as she topped Laura Syori 6-0, 6-1.
Taylor blanked Gabrielle Moore 6-0, 6-0 while Abigail Owens clinched the match as took down Morgan Taylor 6-2, 6-2.
The Lady Tigers return to the court on Jan. 24 for the ITA Kickoff Weekend as they take on USF in Coral Gables, Fla. at 1 p.m. CT.
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#66 LSU 4, Nicholls 2
1. Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Kateryna Nakonechna (Nicholls) 6-1, 6-3
2. Mari Aubert (Nicholls) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Stephanie Barnett (Nicholls) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Kiara Skopac (Nicholls) 6-4, 6-4
5. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Emma Kranendonk (Nicholls) 6-3, 6-2
6. Ariel Morton (LSU) vs. Isla Brock (Nicholls) 6-2, 3-3 unfinished
1. Joana Vale Costa/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Isla Brock/Emma Kranendonk (Nicholls) 6-1
2. Abigail Owens/Mary Jeremiah (LSU) def. Marie Aubert/Klara Skopac (Nicholls) 6-2
3. Ella Taylor/Ariel Morton (LSU) vs. Stephanie Barnett/Kateryna Nakonechna (Nicholls) 4-3 unfinished
#66 LSU 5, Southern 1
1. Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Laura Syori (Southern) 6-0, 6-1
2. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Gabrielle Moore (Southern) 6-0, 6-0
3. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) vs. Darnesha Moore (Southern) 6-4, 2-0 unfinished
4. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Morgan Taylor (Southern) 6-2, 6-2
5. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Kendall Bunch (Southern) 6-2, 6-0
6. Camara Davis (Southern) won by default
1. Joana Vale Costa/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Darnesha Moore/Gabrielle Moore (Southern) 6-0
2. Abigail Owens/Mary Jeremiah (LSU) def. Morgan Taylor/Camara Davis (Southern) 6-2
3. Ariel Morton/Ella Taylor (LSU) vs. Laura Syori/Kendall Bunch (Southern) 5-2 unfinished