Steve Franz

Trio of Tigers Advances to Round of 16

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

AUBURN, Ala. -- Three members of the LSU women’s tennis team moved on to the singles round of 16 while both of LSU’s doubles teams advanced to the round of 16 after the opening day of the ITA Southern Regional at the Yarbrough Tennis Center Friday.

Junior Kennan Johnson and freshman Eden Richardson got the first day of competition started with an 8-0 takedown of Angela Lorenzo and Nadja Manjon from Louisiana Tech before senior Ryann Foster and freshman Elyse Lavender finished off Troy’s pairing of Sanae Ohta and Nancy Karaky, 8-4.

Shortly thereafter, the Tigers returned to the courts and rattled off four consecutive straight-set singles victories in the round of 64 as Foster, Richardson, Lavender and Jessica Golovin each handled their opponents with ease and advanced to the round of 32.

Johnson dropped a tough three-set match in the opening round but rebounded strongly with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the consolation round of 32, advancing to tomorrow’s competition as well.

In the singles main draw round of 32, Foster defeated Allie Sanford of Ole Miss 6-3, 7-5, while Richardson continued her strong stretch of play with a quick 6-2, 6-4 triumph over UNO’s Trang Dao.

Golovin dropped the first set in her match against Auburn’s Jaeda Daniel, but battled back to claim the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-4, joining Foster and Richardson in Saturday’s round of 16 action.

Overall, the Tigers went 10-2 across singles and doubles on opening day and will look to build upon an impressive start in Saturday’s play.

The doubles round of 16 and quarterfinals will both be played Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. CT and 9:30 a.m. CT, respectively, followed by the singles round of 16 at noon CT.

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.

ITA Southern Regional

Friday, October 20

Singles

Round of 64
No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Alba Cortina-Pou (UA) 6-3, 6-3
Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Marlene Herrmann (UAB) 6-2, 6-0
Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Kim Gintrand (UA) 6-0, 6-2
Elyse Lavender (LSU) def. Kylie Moulin (UA) 6-1, 6-2
Sade Atkinson (TULANE) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-2, 6-4 

Round of 32
No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Allie Sanford 6-1, 7-5
Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Jaeda Daniel (AU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Trang Dao (UNO) 6-2, 6-4
Sara Lizariturry (MSU) def Elyse Lavender (LSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Consolation Round of 32
Kennan Johnson (LSU) def. Patricia Martins (USA) 6-3, 6-2 

Doubles

Round of 32
Ryann Foster/Elyse Lavender (LSU) def. Sanae Ohta/Nancy Karaky (TROY) 8-6
Kennan Johnson/Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Angela Lorenzo/Nadja Manjon (LATECH) 8-0

Saturday, October 21 

Round of 16
No. 64 Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) at noon CT
Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. Tea Jandric (OM) at noon CT
Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Savina Macholova (OM) at noon CT

Consolation Round of 16
Kennan Johnson (LSU) vs. Karolina Snita (ULM) at noon CT

Doubles

Round of 16
Ryann Foster/Elyse Lavender (LSU) vs. Allie Sanford/Cameron Kriscunas (OM) at 8 a.m. CT
Kennan Johnson/Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Trang Dao/Anja Luethi (UNO) at 8 a.m. CT

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