Skylar

Kuykendall

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Height: 5'8"
Class: Senior
City/State: Jasper, Ala.
High School: Potter's Wheel Academy
Other College: Memphis
Major: Textile, Apparel Design, & Merchandising
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

2016 All-Louisiana Second Team
2016 ITA Scholar Athlete
2015 All-SEC Second Team
2015 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year
2015 All-Louisiana First Team

SENIOR SEASON (2015-16)
Provided senior leadership and clinched four conference matches for the Lady Tigers, all coming against ranked opponents … Secured a career-high win over No. 27 Caroline Brinson of Georgia 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 … Dropped the second set against Missouri’s Britany Lashway but came back to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 … Clinched the match over No. 26 Arkansas with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 win over Mackenzie Craft … Defeated Akvile Parazinskaite 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 for the clinch on court four against No. 26 Kentucky … Broke Alabama’s Natalia Maynetto’s serve at love to clinch the win over No. 38 Alabama … Moved to court two against No. 37 Arizona and took down Shayne Austin 6-1, 6-4 … Earned a 7-8 record with partner Abby Owens and x-x record with Skylar Holloway … Secured a ranked win over No. 70 Kristina Vozniak and Jennifer Brown of Mississippi State, 6-0.

JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15)
Named to the All-SEC second team after finishing 24-6 in dual matches and 10-3 in SEC play … Held an 11-match win streak through the majority of SEC play … Led the nation in wins through the dual match season … Highest ranked win came against the 54th-ranked player in the country three different times … Finished 30-8 overall through the fall and spring season and became the 14th player in school history to reach the 30-win mark in a season … Reached a career-best ranking of 60th during her win streak … Compiled a 10-3 record in her first year in the SEC … Earned LSU’s first point over Texas A&M in the second round of the SEC Tournament with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 54 Rutuja Bhosale … Clinched the match for LSU over No. 21 Kentucky with her 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 66 Nadia Ravita … Took two sets over No. 81 Georgina Patrasc of Mississippi State for LSU’s second point … Helped get LSU out to a 1-0 lead over No. 21 Ole Miss with a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 54 Mai El Kamash … Tied the match overall at 1-1 against South Carolina with a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 124 Caroline Dailey … Extended LSU’s lead to 2-0 over No. 60 Wake Forest with a 6-0, 1-6, 6-0 victory over Andrewa Retolaza … Kuykendall along with partner Abby Owens finished 11-10 in dual matches and 5-5 in conference play … The duo defeated the 18th (UF) and 20th (Texas A&M) ranked teams in the country … Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Transfer from the University of Memphis … Named the 2013 Conference USA Freshman of the Year … Earned a spot on Conference USA Third Team Singles in 2013 … Garnered a 44-29 overall record in two seasons at Memphis … Earned wins over Ole Miss’ 39th-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and Georgia’s No. 76 Makenzie Craft 6-0, 6-2 … Ranked No. 17 in the Ohio Valley Region at the end of her freshman season … Joined the Memphis roster as a four-star recruit from the United Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida … Was ranked as high as No. 53 nationally and posted a 4-1 record against four-star opponents with one win over a five-star opponent during her prep career.

PERSONAL
Born September 14, 1993 … Parents are Jim Kuykendall and Sandy Smith … Father played baseball at the University of Oklahoma … Majoring in textile, apparel design and merchandising.

 

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