Women’s Tennis Defeats Houston
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LSU improved to 7-1 on the season and 6-0 at home, while Houston fell to 4-4.
The Tigers earned a hard-fought doubles point on a day where all three doubles matches finished within minutes of one another.
Golovin and Skylar Holloway fought back from a three-set deficit to even their match at 4-4, but ultimately fell to the pairing of Lauren Alter and Sveva Mazzari, 6-4.
Lewis and Becca Weissmann improved to 6-0 as a doubles pairing by defeating Constanden Nicolaou and Ana Glumac 6-3 on court two before Ryann Foster and Valle Costa clinched the doubles point for LSU by defeating Tsveta Dimitrova and Cristina Rovira 6-4 on court one.
“We had kind of a slow start in doubles, but we were tough in big moments,” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “We stepped up our game in a lot of critical moments where we needed to, but overall I think we probably could have taken care of business a little faster today.”
Houston got singles started with a quick win on court six, leveling the score at one point apiece as Ana Glumac defeated Abby Owens 6-0, 6-0.
Golovin put the first singles point on the board for the Tigers soon after with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 victory on court four, defeating Lauren Alter to give LSU a 2-1 lead.
“Jess has been progressing match by match, so it was good to see her turn the corner today and see things start clicking for her,” said Sell.
Another strong performance from No. 63 Valle Costa propelled the Tigers to a 3-1 advantage as she took down Cristina Rovira on court three, 6-2, 6-4.
“Joana is really starting to click as well and she’s playing some really high-level tennis,” said Sell. “She’s as focused as I’ve ever seen her and I think the best is yet to come for her.”
No. 35 Lewis clinched the match on court one with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tsveta Dimitrova to increase her unbeaten streak to 7-0 as a Tiger, ending the match with the score LSU 4, Houston 1.
The Tigers will return to action against Tulane Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the City Park Pepsi Center in New Orleans.
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LSU 4, Houston 1
1. #35 Jade Lewis (LSU) def. Tsveta Dimitrova (HOU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #65 Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. Svevan Mazzari (HOU) 6-1, 4-4, unfinished
3. #63 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Cristina Rovira (HOU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Lauren Alter (HOU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. Constanden Nicolaou (HOU) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
6. Ana Glumac (HOU) def. Abby Owens (LSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Ryann Foster/Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Tsveta Dimitrova/Cristina Rovira (HOU) 6-4
2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Constanden Nicolaou/Ana Glumac (HOU) 6-3
3. Lauren Alter/Sveva Mazzari (HOU) def. Skylar Holloway/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,3,1)