Valle Costa captures singles point in LSU's 6-1 win over USF
Bridgette Hogan

Women’s Tennis Overpowers South Florida

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE --- The LSU women’s tennis team earned their fifth-straight home win of the season with a 6-1 victory over South Florida Friday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.

The Tigers improved to 6-1 on the season with the win and remained a perfect 5-0 at home.

Jade Lewis and Becca Weissmann improved to 5-0 in doubles this season, defeating Vera Bessonova and Nicole Dzenga 6-0 on court two.

Ryann Foster and Joana Valle Costa soon followed with a 6-1 win over Juliana Cardoso and Olga Martinez on court one, clinching the doubles point for the Tigers.

Doubles play has become a strong suit for the Tigers, as the team has clinched the doubles point in six of their seven matches this season and improved to 13-2 in doubles this spring after today’s match.

“I thought we cruised through doubles in really decisive fashion,” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being a singles team that can come out and win four singles points, but when you win the doubles point it’s a confidence factor for your players. They relax and begin to play at a better level because they know they only need three singles points.”

In singles play, No. 63 Valle Costa put the second point on the board for the Tigers with a double-bagel over Juliana Cardoso.

“I think you saw Joana really click today,” said Sell. “Watching her play today, I thought she looked like our number one player today, which is what she’s been for us for several years.”

The Bulls fought back with a win on court six to cut the LSU lead to 2-1 as Vera Bessonova defeated Abby Owens, 6-0, 6-3.

Weissmann got the score back up to 3-1 in favor of the Tigers with her first career double-bagel over Jessica Cortes on court five.

Lewis clinched the third singles point and the match for LSU on court one with a resilient 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over Ana Roman.

Foster and Jessica Golovin played out the remainder of their matches and both earend third-set victories over their opponents to end the afternoon with a 6-1 win for the Tigers over South Florida.

The Tigers once again proved their strength on the singles courts and, even after falling behind on occasion, ultimately overpowered the Bulls when it mattered.

“We have a lot of big hitters, a lot of styles of very dominant play,” said Sell. “If we continue to work on being physical, I think we can beat any type of player.”

The Tigers return to the LSU Tennis Complex to take on the Houston Cougars Sunday at 11 a.m.

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.

LSU 6, South Florida 1

Singles

1. #35 Jade Lewis (LSU) def. Ana Roman (USF) 7-6(4), 6-2

2. #65 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Nicole Dzenga (USF) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
3. #63 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Juliana Cardoso (USF) 6-0, 6-0
4. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Olga Martinez (USF) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Jessica Cortes (USF) 6-0, 6-0

6. Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Abby Owens (LSU) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles

1. Ryann Foster/Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Juliana Cardoso/Olga Martinez (USF) 6-1

2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Vera Bessonova/Nicole Dzenga (USF) 6-0

3. Skylar Holloway/Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. Jessica Cortes/Ana Roman (USF) 3-4, unfinished

Match Notes:

University of South Florida 4-4

LSU 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles(2,1);Singles (3,6,5,1,2,4)
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