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Lewis Breaks Freshman Record in Loss to Vandy

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Despite a career-best win from freshman Jade Lewis, the LSU women’s tennis team dropped an intensely competitive quarterfinal match to top-seeded Vanderbilt by a score of 4-2 at the Currey Tennis Center Friday.

LSU gave the Commodores everything they could handle, but singles wins from Lewis and junior Ryann Foster and an improbable comeback attempt by freshman Becca Weissmann weren’t enough to overtake the No. 2 team in the country.

“I’m so very proud of our team on their efforts today,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “This match was an absolute war and we put ourselves in a position to beat one of the best teams in the country. It really came down to a handful of deuce points and that’s what happens sometimes in this format.”

The Tigers fell to 14-10 (6-7 SEC) with the loss while the Commodores improved to to 18-5 (12-1 SEC).

Vanderbilt opened up the match with a strong doubles performance, as the No. 3 pairing of Astra Sharma and Emily Smith took down the 23rd-ranked pairing of Joana Valle Costa and Foster on court one and No. 73 Fernanda Contreras and Christina Rosca defeated Jessica Golovin and Skylar Holloway on court three to give the commodores an early 1-0 lead.

The Commodores picked up their first singles point and their second overall point of the afternoon when No. 11 Sydney Campbell defeated No. 66 Valle Costa 6-3, 6-2 on court two.

The Tigers quickly cut the deficit to 2-1 thanks to a career-best win from Lewis over the No. 4 singles player in the country, Astra Sharma. The freshman’s 6-4, 6-2 victory over Sharma was the highest-ranked win by an LSU women’s tennis player since 2008 and the highest-ranked win by a freshman in program history.

Following the huge win on court one, LSU found itself in a 3-1 hole after Emma Kurtz defeated Golovin in the third set on court four. After dropping the first set, Golovin battled back and easily claimed the second set to force a decisive third, but ultimately fell to the Vanderbilt freshman.

Foster kept the Tigers alive with a straight-set victory over the No. 96-ranked Rosca, Foster’s third-straight win and her fourth over a ranked opponent this season.

Trailing 3-2, Weissmann was in the midst of an incredible comeback against Georgina Sellyn on court five. After dropping the first set and falling behind 5-1 in the second, the freshman rattled off six straight points to take the second set, but her match was cut short as Vanderbilt’s No. 69-ranked Contreras won her match on court six, ending the match at 4-2 in favor of the Commodores.

The Tigers will return to Baton Rouge in preparation for their selection into the NCAA Team Championships, which will be announced Tuesday, May 2. The NCAA Team Championships begin Friday, May 12.

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.


Tennis Match Results
LSU vs. Vanderbilt
April 21, 2017 at Currey Tennis Center
(Nashville, Tenn.)

#2 Vanderbilt 4, #21 LSU 2

Singles

1. #22 Jade Lewis (LSU) def. #4 Astra Sharma (VANDY) 6-4, 6-2
2. #11 Sydney Campbell (VANDY) def. #66 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Ryann Foster (LSU) def. #96 Christina Rosca (VANDY) 6-4, 7-6
4. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
5. Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. Georgina Sellyn (VANDY) 4-6, 7-5, 4-5, unfinished
6. #69 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles

1. #3 Astra Sharma/Emily Smith (VANDY) def. #23 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) 6-3
2. Emma Kurtz/Sydney Campbell (VANDY) vs. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) 4-5, unfinished
3. #73 Fernanda Contreras/Christina Rosca def. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-1

Match Notes:

Vanderbilt 18-5; National ranking #2
LSU 14-10; National ranking #21

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,4,3,6) 

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