Vasilyuk Clinches 4-2 Win Over Missouri
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE --- The No. 43 LSU women’s tennis team defeated the Missouri Tigres by a score of 4-2 behind a third-set clinch from freshman Luba Vasilyuk at the LSU Tennis Complex Saturday.
The Tigers moved to 12-4 (3-3 SEC) on the season with the win while Missouri fell to 11-8 (0-5 SEC).
LSU began the match with a couple of dominant performances on the top two doubles courts as the No. 50-ranked pairing of Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson improved to 9-2 on the dual season with a 6-0 win over Marte Oliveira and Clare Raley on court one. Ryann Foster and Kennan Johnson weren’t far behind with a 6-1 victory against Amina Ismail and Serena Nash on court two that gave LSU the early 1-0 lead.
“We came out on fire today,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “That was the best doubles point we’ve played all season. I think we would beat anybody in the country with the way we played today in doubles.”
Missouri leveled the score after a win on court six, then Golovin made quick work of Taylor Gruber on court three, 6-3, 6-4, to give LSU the 2-1 lead. Golovin improved to 13-1 this dual season with the win.
Missouri tied the score again after Ellie Wright’s court four win over Johnson, but Richardson put the Tigers back on top with her 11th-straight singles win, a 6-0, 6-4 dismantling of Mackenzy Middlebrooks on court two. Richardson picked up her team-leading 23rd singles win of the season and handed Middlebrooks just her second loss of the dual season.
After Foster and Vasilyuk each claimed first-set victories over their opponents on courts one and five, respectively, Missouri fought back to force a third set on each court. With Foster up 5-1 in the third, it was Vasilyuk who ultimately clinched the match for the Tigers with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Ismail.
“Luba was kind of our heart award winner today,” Sell said. “She wasn’t feeling well and she was exhausted, but she found a way to come back and win that third set and we’re all really proud of her for that.”
The Tigers will travel to College Station, Texas for their next match, a road contest against the 42nd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.For more information on the LSU women’s tennis program follow the Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell, on Instagram @LSUWTen and on www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.
#43 LSU 4, Missouri 2
1. Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. Serena Nash (MIZ) 6-1, 4-6, 5-1, unifinished
2. Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Mackenzy Middlebrooks (MIZ) 6-0, 6-4
3. #67 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Taylor Gruber (MIZ) 6-3, 6-4
4. Ellie Wright (MIZ) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Amina Ismail (MIZ) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
6. Marta Oliveira (MIZ) def. Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-0, 6-0
LSU 12-4, 2-3 SEC; National ranking #43
Missouri 11-8, 0-4 SEC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,4,2,5)