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Late Comeback Falls Short Against Tulane

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

NEW ORLEANS --- The LSU women’s tennis team fell to the Tulane Green Wave in a gripping 4-3 affair at the City Park Pepsi Center in New Orleans Wednesday.

In a match that saw the Tigers come from behind two separate times, Tulane ultimately came out on top, winning the seventh and final point to take down the No. 28 LSU squad.

“I give Tulane a lot of credit for fighting for the win today,” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “However, I felt that we should have won this match. We played very tentatively in spots and gave away huge leads in singles and doubles. No matter the circumstance, we have to execute better and expand our leads if we want to be successful moving forward.”

LSU began the match by dropping the doubles point for just the second time this season.

Skylar Holloway and Jessica Golovin got the Tigers off to a solid start on court three, defeating Kyla Klier and Christina Sisti, 6-1, but Tulane overcame LSU leads on courts one and two to claim the first point.

Naz Karagoz and Elena Muller defeated the No. 43 pairing of Ryann Foster and Joana Valle Costa, 6-4, before Sade Atkinson and Ivone Alvaro clinched the first point for Tulane against Jade Lewis and Becca Weissmann, handing the Tiger freshmen their first doubles loss of the season.

No. 95 Joana Valle Costa charged through her singles match on court one against Karagoz, winning 6-1, 6-1 to even the score at one apiece.

Golovin soon followed, picking up her fifth straight singles win with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Atkinson on court three to give LSU a 2-1 lead.

The Tigers didn’t enjoy the lead for very long as Muller topped Holloway in a close match on court five that ended 6-4, 6-3 in favor of the Green Wave.

With the score tied at 2-2, three singles courts remained. Foster and Owens battled back from first-set losses on courts two and six, respectively, but Weissmann fell on court four, 7-6, 6-3, to allow Tulane to regain a 3-2 lead.

With Foster and Owens were both entrenched in third-set thrillers, the Tigers needed both remaining matches to ensure victory against the Green Wave.

Foster was the first to keep LSU’s hopes alive with a come-from-behind win over Klier on court two. After falling in the first set, Foster won the next two sets 6-0, 6-4 to level the score at 3-3 and put the match in the hands of Owens on court six.

After similarly falling in the first set, Owens stormed back to win the second, 7-5, to force a third and final set to decide the match. Owens maintained a narrow lead for most of the third set, but Sisti claimed the final two games, winning the third set 7-5 and clinching the match for the Green Wave.

The Tigers have no scheduled matches this weekend and will return home to Baton Rouge in preparation for hosting No. 1 Florida on Friday, March 3 at 4 p.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.

Tulane 4, No. 28 LSU 3

Singles

1. #95 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Naz Karagoz (TULANE) 6-1, 6-1
2. #87 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Kyla Klier (TULANE) 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
3. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Sade Atkinson (TULANE) 6-4, 6-1
4. Ivone Alvaro (TULANE) def. Becca Weissmann (LSU) 7-6(8-6), 6-3
5. Elena Muller (TULANE) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Christina Sisti (TULANE) def. Abby Owens (LSU) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

Doubles

1. Naz Karagoz/Elena Muller (TULANE) def. #43 Ryann Foster/Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-4
2. Sade Atkinson/Ivone Alvaro (TULANE) def. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) 7-5
3. Skylar Holloway/Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Kyla Klier/Christina Sisti (TULANE) 6-1

Match Notes:

LSU 7-2
; national ranking #28
Tulane 11-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,5,4,2,6) 

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