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BATON ROUGE – Despite victories over multiple ranked opponents, No. 19 LSU fell to No. 4 Vanderbilt, 4-3, in a thrilling match on Sunday at the LSU Tennis Complex.
The Tigers fall to 12-5 on the season and 2-3 in SEC play.
“It’s tough to lose another really close match,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “I think we’ve lost a handful of them this year, and the reality is we’re knocking on the door of doing exceptional things and defeating these Top-5 teams. We just have to stay the course and trust in ourselves, because we’re going to start winning these matches. This team was ranked fourth, and even when we played second-ranked Georgia or fifth-ranked Stanford, we had our opportunities. Any time you’re putting yourself in a position to beat the best teams in the country, you’re doing something right. We just need to hang in there, and our wins will come.”
The Commodores took the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 doubles.
Vanderbilt struck first when the No. 30-ranked pair of Summer Dvorak and Fernanda Contreras defeated senior Kennan Johnson and sophomore Taylor Bridges by a score of 6-2 at the No. 3 doubles.
LSU equalized when the No. 3-ranked duo of sophomore Eden Richardson and senior Jessica Golovin defeated Emma Kurtz and Emily Smith, 6-3, at the No. 1 doubles.
The No. 51 pair of Georgia Drummy and Christina Rosca clinched the doubles point for Vanderbilt at the No. 2 doubles with a 6-4 victory over freshman Anna Loughlan and junior Paris Corley.
The Commodores extended their lead to 2-0 when Dvorak defeated Loughlan at the No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-3.
Golovin earned LSU its first point of the match at the No. 2 singles when she defeated No. 8-ranked Rosca in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. This victory is her first win over a Top-10 opponent this season, and first in her career since the 2017 season.
Vanderbilt’s lead extended to 3-1 after No. 67 Drummy defeated Bridges 6-3, 7-5, at the No. 3 singles.
No. 15-ranked Richardson earned a point back for the Tigers with an impressive 7-5, 7-5, straight set win over No. 3 Contreras at the No. 1 singles. With this win, Richardson earns her second win over a Top-3 opponent this season, and seventh win over a ranked opponent.
At the No. 4 singles, Corley tied the match for LSU at 3-3 after upsetting No. 32 Amanda Meyer. After dropping the first set in a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker, Corley responded with a 6-4, 6-0 second and third set to earn her ninth win on the season.
Vanderbilt clinched the match at the No. 5 singles after Carolyn Campana defeated sophomore Luba Vasilyuk in a three-set thriller. After dropping the first set, Campana came back with a 7-5 win in the second set before winning 6-1 in the third set to secure the final point.
The No. 19 Tigers will go on the road and head to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, March 22.
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#4 Vanderbilt 4, #19 LSU 3
1. #15 Eden Richardson (LSU) def. #3 Fernanda Contreras (VAND) 7-5, 7-5
2. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. #8 Christina Rosca (VAND) 7-5, 6-1
3. #67 Georgia Drummy (VAND) def. Taylor Bridges (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Paris Corley (LSU) def. #32 Amanda Meyer (VAND) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-0
5. Carloyn Campana (VAND) def. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
6. Summer Dvorak (VAND) def. Anna Loughlan (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
1. #3 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VAND) 6-3
2. #51 Georgia Drummy/Christina Rosca (VAND) def. Anna Loughlan/Paris Corley (LSU) 6-4
3. #30 Summer Dvorak/Fernanda Contreras (VAND) def. Kennan Johnson/Taylor Bridges (LSU) 6-2
Vanderbilt 10-4 5-1 SEC; National ranking #4
LSU 12-6 2-4 SEC; National ranking #19
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,1,4,5)
Official: Richie Weaver