BATON ROUGE – Abigail Owens won a thrilling three setter to clinch the match for the Lady Tigers as the No. 55 LSU women’s tennis team captured their second SEC win of the season by defeating Mississippi State, 4-1, on Friday afternoon.
“We had a really rough start in doubles,” said LSU head coach Julia S. Sell. “Then our girls came out in singles and completely turned it around. But I thought Mississippi State competed the best I’ve ever seen that team compete. I was really impressed by their effort today, and ours as well.”
The young LSU team improves to 9-7 (2-5 SEC) on the season, while Mississippi State is now 9-8 (1-6 SEC) on the season.
The match was another test of endurance for the Lady Tigers as it was the third time in SEC play where four courts were decided in three sets.
Owens, who has won four of her five finished SEC matches, quickly took the first set. She faced a minor setback as she fell in the second set, but the freshman was able to finish strong as she defeated Timea Guibe 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on court three.
“I think Abby (Owens) is feeling very confident in her ability,” said Sell. “No matter what the score is, once she finds the right place, she is going to be able to execute.”
LSU’s Ella Taylor tied the team score at 1-1 as she captured her third singles win in SEC play by defeating Naomi Tran in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 on court five.
On court six, Skylar Holloway proved herself yet again as she came from behind to defeat Petra Ferancova 6-3, 6-2 to help the Lady Tigers take a 2-1 lead over the Bulldogs.
Noel Scott then increased the LSU lead to 3-1 as she topped Alexandra Perper 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 on court two before Owens clinched the match.
Doubles play was marked with new LSU pairs on each court. Court three featured Lady Tigers Scott and Taylor. The LSU duo battled hard, but ultimately fell to Georgiana Patrasc and Petra Ferencova 8-2.
On court one, LSU’s Holloway and Gabrielle Otero fell behind 7-3. The duo mounted a comeback, but could not overcome Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran, falling 8-5 as Mississippi State took the doubles point.
The Lady Tigers take the court again on Sunday as they host No. 32 Auburn at noon CT in W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
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#55 LSU 4, #69 Mississippi State University 1
March 21, 2014 at Baton Rouge, La.
W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium
1. #69 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) vs. #65 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 5-4, unfinished
2. Noel Scott (LSU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
3. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Timea Guibe (MSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
4. Gabrielle Otero (LSU) vs. Roseline Dion (MSU) 5-7, 6-2, 3-3, unfinished
5. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
1. #40 Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran (MSU) def. Skylar Holloway/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) 8-5
2. Joana Vale Costa/Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Roseline Dion/Timea Guibe (MSU) 6-3
3. Georgiana Patrasc/Petra Ferancova (MSU) def. Noel Scott/Ella Taylor (LSU) 8-2