Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 1 Florida
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE --- The No. 37 LSU women’s tennis team fell to the No. 1 Florida Gators by a score of 7-0 at the LSU Tennis Complex Friday.
“Even though we lost today, we can take confidence in the fact that we just played the best team in the country,” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “This is as good as it gets, and it only gets easier from here. If we just make a few adjustments for ourselves, we’re going to be successful as the season continues.”
The Tigers began the afternoon showing determination in doubles, holding off the Gators for as long as possible, but Florida ultimately came away with the doubles point to give them the early lead.
The No. 16 pairing of Anna Danilina and Ingrid Neel defeated Jade Lewis and Becca Weissmann 6-2 on court two, and the No. 20 pairing of Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock took down Skylar Holloway and Jessica Golovin on court three to clinch the first point of the match for Florida.
“I feel like our doubles started a little slow, a little tentative, but really picked up at the end,” said Sell. “I think moving forward we can win the doubles point against any team and that’s going to be very important for us.”
In singles, No. 10 Josie Kuhlman was the first to earn a point for Florida with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Weissmann on court four.
With a 3-0 advantage, Florida clinched the match following No. 91 Brooke Austin’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Holloway on court five.
The rest of the courts finished out singles play, however, and Florida soon increased their lead to 5-0 as No. 18 Belinda Woolcock defeated No. 87 Joana Valle Costa on court one, 6-2, 6-1.
Court two was the next to finish with No. 95 Ryann Foster falling to No. 11 Ingrid Neel, 6-3, 6-3.
After winning the first set against No. 24 Anna Danilina, Golovin droppd the second set to force a third, ultimately falling 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7) as Florida clinched the seventh and final point of the match.
“Jess showed incredible energy and incredible fight,” said Sell. “For her to have that intensity and energy is incredible, it really helps the rest of the team.”
The Tigers return to the LSU Tennis Complex Sunday at 11 a.m. to face the No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks.
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#1 Florida 7, #37 LSU 0
1. #18 Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. #87 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #11 Ingrid Neel (UF) def. #95 Ryann Foster (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #24 Anna Danilina (UF) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
4. #10 Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. Becca Weissmann (LSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. #91 Brooke Austin (UF) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-1, 6-4
1. #43 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. #13 Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan (UF) 4-5, unfinished
2. #16 Anna Danilina/Ingrid Neel (UF) def. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) 6-2
3. #20 Josie Kuhlman/Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. Skylar Holloway/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3); Singles (4,5,1,2,3)