BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's tennis team (11-8, 4-4 SEC) forced five of six singles matches to third sets, but dropped a 6-1 decision to the No. 17 Ole Miss Rebels (13-7, 5-3) on Sunday at W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium.
Yvette Vlaar won on court six, splitting the first two sets before she quickly seized control in the third to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 for the Lady Tigers only point of the afternoon. She has now won two-straight singles matches bolstering her court six record to 9-6 this season.
"That was about as hard-fought a match as we have had this entire season," LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. "I was really proud of the effort. You would like to win a match like that, but we did everything we could. We had five matches go to third sets, and we just fell a little short. Ole Miss is a very good team so we just need to bounce back and get after South Carolina."
Ole Miss raced out to an early 1-0 lead in doubles as Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie, the sixth-ranked doubles partnership in the nation, defeated Whitney Wolf and Keri Frankenberger 8-4 on court one.
Gabby Rangel and Erin Stephens clinched the doubles point over Yvette Vlaar and Olivia Howlett 8-5 on court two.
Kaitlin Burns and Ariel Morton were able to overcome Iris Verboven and Julia Jones 8-5 for their second doubles victory in-a-row on court three.
In singles, No. 12 Boxx beat Wolf 6-4, 6-2 on court one to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
The remaining singles matches all went to third sets on a tension-filled afternoon at the Dub.
Jones recovered from dropping the first set to get past Keri Frankenberger 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court four, bringing Ole Miss within a point of the victory.
Guthrie also fought back from a set down to Ebie Wilson, wrapping up the overall result 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 for Ole Miss on court five just seconds after the conclusion of the match on court four.
Vlaar then emerged victorious on court six before the Lady Tigers came up just short in both of the remaining matches.
Kaitlin Burns lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to Erin Stephens on court three.
Olivia Howlett dropped the second set tiebreaker and Caroline Rohde-Moe took all the momentum into the final set super tiebreaker to claim a 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 1-0 (10-5) victory on court two to finish the afternoon
The Lady Tigers next take the courts at South Carolina on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.
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#17 Ole Miss 6, #35 LSU 1
1. #12 Kristi Boxx (OM) def. Whitney Wolf (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) def. Olivia Howlett (LSU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 1-0 (10-5)
3. Erin Stephens (OM) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
4. Julia Jones (OM) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Abby Guthrie (OM) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Yvette Vlaar (LSU) def. Iris Verboven (OM) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
1. #6 Kristi Boxx/Abby Guthrie (OM) def. Whitney Wolf/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 8-4
2. Gabby Rangel/Erin Stephens (OM) def. Yvette Vlaar/Olivia Howlett (LSU) 8-5
3. Kaitlin Burns/Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Iris Verboven/Julia Jones (OM) 8-5
Ole Miss 13-7, 5-3 SEC; National ranking #17
LSU 11-8, 4-4 SEC; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,5,6,3,2)