Weissmann Caps Relentless Comeback Over No. 11 UK
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE --- Freshman Becca Weissmann took down her opponent in straight sets to clinch a thrilling 4-3 comeback win for the LSU women’s tennis team over the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats at the LSU Tennis Complex Friday.
The Tigers improved to 13-6 (6-4 SEC) with the win while the Wildcats fell to 15-4 (7-3 SEC).
“This team just believes,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “They believe in themselves, they believe in each other and they have incredible team chemistry. Even when we have our bad matches, they still know that they can win and they can do better. It’s that kind of mindest that keeps us going.”
A fast start in doubles for the Tigers stalled down the stretch as Kentucky took advantage on courts one and three to clinch the doubles point.
After starting their doubles match down 3-0, Joana Valle Costa and Ryann Foster fought back to tie at three apiece before the No. 2 pairing of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi ultimately claimed court one, 6-3.
“This was another one of those doubles points where we had some leads but we got tight and let them slip away,” Sell said.
Kentucky continued their momentum into singles play as Morgan Chumney defeated Holloway on court six 6-1, 6-3 to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 2-0.
Foster soon countered with a huge victory for the Tigers, putting them on the board with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win over Adachi on court three, cutting the Wildcat lead to one.
Kentucky struck back, though, winning court four 6-4, 6-2 to set the overall score at 3-1 in favor of the visitors.
The Tigers’ rapid comeback began on court two with Valle Costa’s dominant 6-4, 6-3 win over Akvile Parazinskaite.
No less than two minutes later, freshman Jade Lewis leveled the score, swinging the momentum even further in LSU’s favor with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 17 Aldila Sutjiadi, the highest-ranked win of Lewis’s collegiate career.
With all eyes on court five and the match on the line, Weissmann delivered yet another determined, gritty performance when the team needed it most, defeating Mikulskyte 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the match against the 11th-ranked team in the country.
“Becca played probably the best match I’ve seen her play all season,” Sell said. “And that’s not even a fraction of what she’s fully capable of.”
The win over Kentucky marks Weissmann’s second match-clinching performance of the season for LSU in addition to her resilient comeback win against Missouri in March.
“It’s such an amazing experience to clinch a match, I can’t even describe it,” Weissmann said. “I was just trying to focus on my point one point at a time, but when the match came down to my court, I saw all the girls run over and they brought all that energy with them and it was such a great feeling.”
The Tigers return to the courts Sunday to face No. 7 Vanderbilt for the final regular season home match of the season. Sunday’s match will begin with a senior tribute to the LSU women’s tennis class of 2017.
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Tennis Match Results
LSU vs. Kentucky
April 7, 2017 at LSU Tennis Complex
(Baton Rouge, La.)
#21 LSU 4, #11 Kentucky 3
1. #34 Jade Lewis (LSU) def. #17 Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) 6-4, 6-4
2. #102 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. Akvile Parazinskaite (UK) 6-4, 6-3
3. Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Mami Adachi (UK) 6-3, 6-3
4. Emily Fanning (UK) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) def. Justina Mikulskyte (UK) 7-5, 6-3
6. Morgan Chumney (UK) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
1. #2 Mami Adachi/Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. #24 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) 6-3
2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. #77 Morgan Chumney/Akvile Parazinskaite (UK) 3-5, unfinished
3. Emily Fanning/Justina Mikulskyte (UK) def. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-4
Kentucky 15-4; National ranking #11
LSU 13-6; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,4,2,1,5)