Freshmen Dominate in Trio of Victories

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

NEWPORT, R.I. --- Freshmen Eden Richardson and Elyse Lavender earned their first victories for the LSU women’s tennis team in decisive fashion, defeating both of their opponents in straight sets in the opening rounds of their respective tournaments Friday.

At the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational in Newport, R.I., Richardson took down Florida freshman Katie Kubicz 6-4, 6-1, while Lavender defeated the No. 54 player in the country, Duke’s Samantha Harris, 6-3, 6-4 at the Duke James Bonk Invite in Cary, N.C.

Richardson returned to the court later in the day along with doubles partner Kennan Johnson and defeated the Princeton pairing of Gaby Pollner and Katrine Steffensen 8-4, placing the Tiger duo in the final of round of doubles competition where they will face off against North Carolina’s No. 38-ranked pairing of Alexandra Sanford and Sara Daavettila.

Johnson and Ryann Foster both took commanding 6-1 first-set leads in their respective singles matches before ultimately falling to Alle Sanford of UNC and No. 12 Josie Kuhlman of Florida, respectively.

They will be joined by Jessica Golovin in their respective flights’ consolation semifinal rounds tomorrow after the LSU junior fell to No. 15 Anna Danilina of Florida.

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Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational

Friday, September 15

Singles Quarterfinals
No. 12 Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU), 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3)
No. 15 Anna Danilina (UF) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU), 6-0, 6-4
Alle Sanford (UNC) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU), 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (2)
Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Katie Kubicz (UF), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles Semifinals
No. 50 Anna Danilina/Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. Ryann Foster/Jessica Golovin (LSU), 8-1
Kennan Johnson/Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Gaby Pollner/Katrine Steffensen (PRINCETON), 8-4

Saturday, September 16

Singles Semifinals
Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. No. 42 Alexa Graham (UNC)

Singles Consolation Semifinals
No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. Stephanie Schrage (PRINCETON)
Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. No. 4 Sara Daavettila (UNC)
Kennan Johnson (LSU) vs. Gaby Pollner (PRINCETON)

Doubles Finals
Kennan Johnson/Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. No. 38 Alexandra Sanford/Sara Daavettila (UNC)

Doubles Consolation Finals
Ryann Foster/Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. Nicole Kalhorn/Stephanie Schrage (PRINCETON)

Duke James Bonk Invite

Friday, September 15

Elyse Lavender (LSU) def. No. 54 Samantha Harris (Duke), 6-3, 6-4

Saturday, September 16

Elyse Lavender (LSU) vs. Asuka Kawai (Illinois)



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