LSU Falls to Ole Miss in ITA Kickoff Final
Communications Student Assistant
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- The LSU women’s tennis team received their first loss of the season at the hands of the Ole Miss Rebels by a score of 4-2 in the final round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Boar’s Head Sports Club Sunday.
In an intensely fought doubles campaign, The No. 27 pairing of Joana Valle Costa and Ryann Foster got out to an early lead against Arianne Hartono and Anna Vrbenska, but ultimately fell to the Ole Miss pair 6-4 on court one.
Lewis leveled the score at 1-1 with her first career singles victory over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 31 Arianne Hartono 6-3, 6-0 on court one.
Shortly after, Ole Miss regained the lead as Natalie Suk handed Joana Valle Costa her first loss of the season, 6-3, 6-1 on court two.
On court four, Jessica Golovin fell to Khairudinova 6-3, 6-2, giving Golovin her first loss of the season as well.
No. 83 Foster pulled the Tigers back to within one point of the Rebels, taking down reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Anna Vrbesnka on court three 6-4, 6-2, making the total score 3-2 in favor of Ole Miss.
Owens was in the midst of an impressive comeback, winning her second set after dropping the first set to Alexa Bortles, but Tea Jandric’s 6-2, 6-4 victory over Skylar Holloway on court five sealed the Rebels’ 4-2 win over the Tigers.
LSU will head back to Baton Rouge in preparation for their next home matches against Memphis and North Florida on Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5.
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Ole Miss 4, #19 LSU 2
1. Jade Lewis (LSU) def. #31 Arianne Hartono (OM) 6-3, 6-0
2. Natalie Suk (OM) def. Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. #83 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Anna Vrbenska (OM) 6-4, 6-2
4. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Tea Jandric (OM) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Abby Owens (LSU) vs. Alexa Bortles (OM) 2-6, 6-3, 1-1, unfinished
1. Arianne Hartono/Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Ryann Foster/Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-4
2. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. Alexa Bortles/Natalie Suk (OM) 6-6 (3-6), unfinished
3. Tea Jandric/Zalina Khairudinova (OM) def. Jade Lewis/Abby Owens (LSU) 7-6 (7-4)
Ole Miss 4-0
LSU 3-1; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,4,3,5)
Finals of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.