No. 19 Women's Tennis Fall 4-3 to No. 21 Kentucky
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE - The No. 19 LSU women’s tennis team fell to No. 21 Kentucky, 4-3, on Friday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
The Tigers drop to 12-5 on the season and 2-3 in SEC play.
“A tough loss,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “I’m really proud of the girls and the way they fought, especially in the way our doubles play was today. We changed things up, and I thought they did a great job there getting the doubles point. When it came down to singles, we had one court that had three team-match points and it slipped away. Even on other courts we had our opportunities, so if we keep putting ourselves in a position to win it’s going to happen.”
The Tigers took the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
Kentucky struck first when the No. 55 pair of Justina Milkuskyte and Akvile Parazinskaite defeated the No. 3 duo of sophomore Eden Richardson and senior Jessica Golovin by a score of 6-2 at the No. 1 doubles.
LSU replied when freshman Anna Loughlan and junior Paris Corley defeated the No. 75 pair of Sedi Jacobs and Tiphanie Fiquet at the No. 2 doubles.
Senior Kennan Johnson and sophomore Taylor Bridges clinched the doubles point for the Tigers with a 7-6(3) win over Anastasia and Diana Tkachenko.
The Wildcats earned their first point of the match when Jacobs defeated Golovin in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 singles.
Fiquet gave Kentucky its first lead on the night after defeating Johnson 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 3 singles.
LSU earned its first singles point at the No. 6 when sophomore Luba Vasilyuk defeated A. Tkachenko, 7-5, 6-4, which tied the match at 2-2.
Bridges gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead with a victory at the No. 3 singles. After losing the first set 5-7, she came back with two emphatic 6-1 wins to take the point.
No. 48 Milkuskyte defeated No. 15 Richardson in three sets at the No. 1 singles. After dropping the first set 4-6, Mulkuskyte won the second set 7-6(3), and went on to win the third set 6-1 to tie the score at 3-3.
D. Tkachenko clinched the match for the Wildcats with a 5-7, 7-6(10), 6-1 victory over Corley at the No. 5 singles.
The No. 19 Tigers will conclude their home weekend with a match against No. 4 Vanderbilt at noon CT on Sunday, March 15, at the LSU Tennis Complex.
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#21 Kentucky 4, #19 LSU 3
1. #55 Justina Mikuskyte/Akvile Parazinskaite (UK) def. #3 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-2
2. Anna Loughlan/Paris Corley (LSU) def. #75 Sedi Jacobs/Tiphanie Fiquet (UK)
3. Kennan Johnson/Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Anastasia Tkachenko/Diana Tkachenko (UK) 7-6 (7-3)
1. #48 Justina Milkuskyte (UK) def. #15 Eden Richardson (LSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
2. Sedi Jacobs (UK) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Akvile Parazinskaite (UK) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
4. Tiphanie Fiquet (UK) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Diana Tkachenko (UK) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 5-7, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1
6. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Anastasia Tkachenko (UK) 7-5, 6-4
LSU 12-5; National ranking #19
Kentucky 14-2; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,4,6,3,1,5)