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Women's Tennis Wins ITA Kick-Off Regional

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The LSU women’s tennis team secured their spot in the National Indoor Team Championships after the 4-1 win over SEC rival Tennessee, in the final round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off in the Tallahassee regional on Saturday. 

After winning the Tallahassee regional, LSU improves their overall record to 3-0 and will advance to the National Team Indoor Championships in February.

Co-Head Coach Julia Sell on the Match

“We played a very poor doubles point and it took us a while to get our energy going. Tennessee is a very loud and competitive team and for us to beat such a good team while not playing our best is a testament to the heart and soul of these Tigers,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “They earned their way to Seattle today.”

Doubles Point 

The Tigers dropped the doubles point after fighting back from being down early the in the sets. 

The Volunteers got the early lead on court three after Ariadna Riley and Maia Haumuller defeated senior Kennan Johnson and sophomore Luba Vasilyuk, 6-3. 

Tennessee’s No. 33 ranked duo of Sadie Hammond and Kaitlin Staines clinched the doubles point in a 6-4 win over No. 9 Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson, on court one. 

Singles Results

Sophomore Taylor Bridges was first off the court for the Tigers winning in straight sets against Johanna Silva on court three, 6-0, 6-4.

Vasilyuk secured the second singles victory on court six against Maia Haumuller, 6-4, 6-3.

On court two, Golovin fought hard to take the match in straight sets, 7-6(3), 7-5, against No. 91 ranked Kaitlin Staines. 

After dropping her first set 3-6, junior Paris Corley battled back against Rebeka Mertena taking the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 and clinched the 4-1 victory for the Tigers.

Next Match

The Tigers will face Tulane on the road on Friday, February 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT before heading back to Baton Rouge for their opening home matches against Rice and Southern on Sunday, February 3. 

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LSU 4, Tennessee 1 



No. 33 Sadie Hammond/Kaitlin Staines def. No. 9 Jessica Golovin/Eden Richardson (LSU), 6-4

Rebeka Mertena/Tenika McGiffin vs. No. 30 Taylor Bridges/Paris Corley (LSU), 5-3 (unfinished)

Ariadna Riley/Maia Haumuller def. Luba Vasilyuk/Kennan Johnson (LSU), 6-3



No. 13 Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Sadie Hammond, 3-6, 6-3, 5-4 (unfinished)

Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. No. 91 Kaitlin Staines, 7-6(3), 7-5

Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Johanna Silva, 6-0, 6-4

No. 72 Kennan Johnson (LSU) vs. No. 93 Ariadna Riley, 5-7, 6-4, 2-1 (unfinished)

Paris Corley (LSU) def. Rebeka Mertena, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Maia Haumuller, 6-4, 6-3


Match Notes: 

LSU 3-0

Tennessee 3-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1) ; Singles (3,6,2,5)






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