Resilient Weissmann Clinches Win Over Mizzou
Communications Student Assistant
COLUMBIA, Mo. --- With the score level at 3-3, freshman Becca Weissmann clinched the fourth and final point in a three-set thriller for the LSU women’s tennis team at the Mizzou Tennis Complex Sunday.
“Becca kind of struggled at the beginning, but there was a turning point where she just decided, ‘Here we go, I’m going to start playing the right way,’” said co-head coach Julia Sell. “When she knew the match came down to her, she was in an unbelievably difficult position. I thought she showed incredible courage playing those last eight points she needed to play, it shows what a big heart she has.”
The Tigers improved to 9-4 (2-2 SEC), earning their first SEC road win of the season with the win while Missouri fell to 10-4 (1-2 SEC).
“I consider having to play at Missouri’s indoor courts one of the biggest home court advantages in our conference,” said Sell. “It was a six hour match, and Becca and Skylar had to sit and wait for the first three because there were only four courts, so for them to get back out there and compete and put us in a position to win was an amazing effort on their part.”
LSU locked up the doubles point rather convincingly as Jade Lewis and Weissmann got things started by making quick work of Brianna Lashway and Clare Raley on court two, winning 6-2.
Golovin carried the success of her doubles win to singles play, where she was the first one off the court after completing a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Tate Schroeder on court four, earning her team-leading tenth win of the spring.
Valle Costa battled back from dropping the first set to claim the second set and force a deciding third. Missouri’s Bea Machado Santos ultimately took the third set, however, and cut LSU’s lead to 2-1 with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Valle Costa on court two.
Lewis shook off a first set loss to dominate the next two sets 6-2, 6-2, taking court one over Brianna Lashway and giving LSU a 3-1 lead.
Missouri continued to keep itself in the match as Cassidy Spearman overcame a first set defeat against Foster to win the next two sets and take court three 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, cutting LSU’s lead back to just one point.
On court six, Missouri’s Mackenzy Middlebrook defeated Holloway 6-3, 6-4 to level the overall score at three apiece, leaving the match on the shoulders of the freshman Weissmann on court five.
After dropping her first set in a heated tiebreaker, Weissmann took care of business in the second set, winning 6-1 and forcing a decisive third set for the match.
Weissmann and her opponent, Amina Ismail, went back and forth until the score was tied at 5-5. Weissmann then rattled off two straight sets to take the 7-5 victory, clinching the match and the first SEC road win of the season for LSU.
The Tigers will return to Baton Rouge to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m.
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Tennis Match Results
LSU vs. Missouri
Mar 12, 2017 at Columbia, Mo.
(Mizzou Tennis Complex)
#29 LSU 4, Missouri 3
1. #39 Jade Lewis (LSU) def. Brianna Lashway (MIZ) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Bea Machado Santos (MIZ) def. #116 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
3. Cassidy Spearman (MIZ) def. #83 Ryann Foster (LSU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Tate Schroeder (MIZ) 6-1, 6-3
5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Amina Ismail (MIZ) 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5
6. Mackenzy Middlebrook (MIZ) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
1. #42 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. Bea Machado Santos/Amina Ismail (MIZ) 5-5, unfinished
2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Brianna Lashway/Clare Raley (MIZ) 6-2
3. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Cassidy Spearman/Tate Schroeder (MIZ) 6-4
LSU 9-4; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,2,1,3,6,5)