Valle Costa Secures Win Over No. 19 USC
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE --- Joana Valle Costa battled back from a first-set deficit to win court two and clinch a 4-2 victory for the LSU women’s tennis team over No. 19 South Carolina at the LSU Tennis Complex Sunday.
The Tigers improved to 8-3; 1-1 SEC on the season while South Carolina fell to 9-3; 1-1 SEC.
“This is a year that’s been extremely adverse with injuries and a lot of bad luck that’s really difficult to prepare for,” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “But they’ve never stopped believing in themselves as a team and today was the most intense and energized I’ve seen them all year. I think all the struggles we’ve been through is what brought it out.”
Valle Costa and Ryann Foster soon followed with a convincing 6-3 win over the No. 27 pairing of Hadley Berg and Paige Cline to clinch the doubles point for the Tigers, giving them a 1-0 advantage heading into singles.
No. 95 Foster picked up her second overall win of the day with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 110 Paige Cline on court three to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage.
After winning her first set 6-2, Holloway dropped the second set as her opponent, Brigit Folland, mounted a huge comeback to take the third and final set on court six, narrowing LSU’s lead to 2-1.
No. 52 Jade Lewis increased the Tiger lead back to two points with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6(4) win over No. 100 Mia Horvit on court one. The win marked Lewis’s eighth straight to begin her Tiger career and her fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.
Immediately after LSU’s victory on court one, South Carolina cut their lead again with a come-from-behind win on court four as No. 119 Silvia Chinellato defeated Golovin 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
With two singles courts remaining and freshman Becca Weissmann in the midst of an incredible comeback on court five, it was Valle Costa who ultimately clinched the match for the Tigers with a three-set victory on court two as the senior Tiger refused to quit after surrendering the first set.
“For Joana to lose that first set and come back and win in three, for Jade to pull through in that tiebreaker after her opponent came back from 5-2 in the second set, and for Becca to come back from down a set, just the resiliency that they showed from being down a set was so impressive,” said Sell.
The Tigers improved to 7-1 at home this season, and will now face their first two SEC road tests as they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday, March 10 to face the No. 17 Arkansas Razorbacks before heading to Columbia, Mo. on Sunday, March 12 to take on the No. 41 Missouri Tigers.
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Tennis Match Results
South Carolina vs LSU
Mar 05, 2017 at Baton Rouge, La.
(LSU Tennis Complex)
#37 LSU 4, #19 South Carolina 2
1. #52 Jade Lewis (LSU ) def. #100 Mia Horvit (USC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #87 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Caroline Dailey (USC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. #95 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. #110 Paige Cline (USC) 6-2, 6-2
4. #119 Silvia Chinellato (USC) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. Hadley Berg (USC) 1-6, 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
6. Brigit Folland (USC) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 2-6, 6-0, 6-0
1. #43 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) def. #27 Hadley Berg/Paige Cline (USC) 6-3
2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. Brigit Folland/Caroline Dailey (USC) 5-5, unfinished
3. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Rachel Rohrabacher/Mia Horvit (USC) 6-1
South Carolina 9-3; National ranking #19
LSU 8-3; National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles(3,1);Singles (3,6,1,4,2)