LSU opens ITA Kickoff Weekend with 4-0 win over Wake Forest
Steve Franz

Tigers Advance to Finals Over Wake Forest

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The LSU women’s tennis team improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 4-0 sweep of Wake Forest in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Boar’s Head Sports Club Saturday.

The win on Saturday marked the third straight victory in which the Tigers did not allow their opponent to score a single point.

“We did a good job today from top to bottom of dictating play and staying focused on our individual matches against a very good Wake Forest team,” said co-head coach Julia Sell.

The Tigers got off to a fast start in doubles play once again as Jade Lewis and Becca Weissmann set the pace with a prevailing 6-2 victory over Wake Forest’s Chandler Carter and Emma Davis on court two.

The No. 27 pairing of Joana Valle Costa and Ryann Foster soon followed with a 6-4 win against Kimmy Guerin and Anna Ulyashchenko, sealing the doubles point for LSU.

Foster got things started for the Tigers in singles competition, quickly dispatching Ulyashchenko 6-2, 6-2 on court three.

Valle Costa was the next to win her singles match on court one, defeating No. 33 Kimmy Guerin 6-4, 6-2 to increase LSU’s lead to 3-0.

On court four, Jessica Golovin wrapped up the sweep for the Tigers, clinching the fourth and final point by defeating Joanna Zalewski 7-5, 6-2.

“We are going to continue to build on today and apply what we’ve learned to our matches tomorrow,” said Sell.

The Tigers will play in the final round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend Sunday against fourth-seeded Ole Miss at 12:30 p.m. CT after the Rebels upset top-seeded host Virginia, 4-3. An LSU victory over Ole Miss would qualify them for the ITA Indoor Championships for the second year in a row.

For more information on the LSU women’s tennis program follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell, on Instagram @LSUWTen and on www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.

#19 LSU 4, Wake Forest 0

Singles

1. Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. #33 Kimmy Guerin (WF) 6-4, 6-2
2. Jade Lewis (LSU) vs. #61 Emma Davis (WF) 6-1, 3-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. #83 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Joanna Zalewski (WF) 7-5, 6-2
5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. Chandler Carter (WF) 6-3, 4-5, unfinished
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. Samantha Asch (WF) 3-6, 5-6, unfinished

Doubles

1. #27 Ryann Foster/Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Kimmy Guerin/Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 6-4
2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) 6-2
3. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. Samantha Asch/Joanna Zalewski (WF) 5-4, unfinished

Match Notes:

Wake Forest 3-2
LSU 3-0; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,1,4)
Match one of ITA Kick-Off Weekend

 

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