Women's Tennis Beats Tulane, Improves to 4-0
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The LSU women's tennis team (4-0) remains undefeated in dual matches after battling through a rain delay to take a 4-2 win over Tulane (2-2) Wednesday at the City Park Pepsi Center before moving to the Hilton Center to complete the match.
"We started out our matches the best we ever have," head coach Julia S. Sell said. "I think we achieved a new level of tennis today, and we did a really good job coming back from adversity. Tulane is a great team. I give a lot of credit to them for battling and really making us fight for each point."
The Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton duo tallied their third consecutive doubles win after battling through a tiebreaker against Tulane's Klara Vyskocilova and Ipek Birol in the No. 1 position, ultimately taking the match 8-7 (8-4) and the doubles point, putting the Lady Tigers on the board.
Kaitlin Burns and Caroline Hudson were the first court to finish, notching an 8-4 victory over Tulane's Caroline Magnusson and Hila Ester. The Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger pair of seniors then fell 8-5 on court two to the Green Wave's Jenny Hois and Emmy Levy. Before the doubles point was decided, play was interrupted by a rain delay that forced the teams to relocate to indoor courts and complete the matches over an hour later.
Freshman Ella Taylor made her court two debut and maintains an overall 4-0 dual match record after notching a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win over Tulane's Levy, winning LSU's second point.
Morton went 2-0 for the day for the second straight match, as she also took home a 2-0 competition against SMU. Her 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tulane's Birol notched her 25th career singles win.
No. 112 Burns marked her third clinched match this season and proved her endurance after almost a three hour battle against Hois of Tulane, ultimately winning in the third set with a score of 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.
"Kaitlin (Burns) managed to pull it out in a tiebreaker," Sell said. "She really found her confidence again in the third set. Ariel (Morton) can fight back, and she's really coming through as a leader. She continues to improve and keeps focusing on what she needs to do to play her best."
Tulane's two victories came from court one and five, as sophomore Jeremiah fell 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) to the Green Wave's No. 118 Vyskocilova, and freshman Hudson faced a 6-0, 6-2 defeat to Tulane's Magnusson.
Due to the length of the competition and the Lady Tigers' victory, senior Wilson's match against Tulane's Elster was called off before completion, giving LSU an overall 4-2 triumph.
The No. 46 Lady Tigers will head to the West Coast for their next matchups as they take on Long Beach State Saturday at 1 p.m. CT followed by UC Irvine on Monday at 3:30 p.m. CT.
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#46 LSU 4, #59 Tulane Green Wave 2
1. Klara Vyskocilova (Tulane) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Emma Levy (Tulane) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
3. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Jenny Hois (Tulane) 6-7 (0-3), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
4. Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Ipek Birol (Tulane) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Caroline Magnusson (Tulane) def. Caroline Hudson (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Hila Elster (Tulane) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-5, unfinished
1. Ariel Morton/Mary Jeremiah (LSU) def. Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (Tulane) 8-7 (8-4)
2. Jenny Hois/Emma Levy (Tulane) def. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 8-5
3. Caroline Hudson/Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Caroline Magnusson/Hila Elster (Tulane) 8-4
LSU 4-0; National ranking #46
Tulane Green Wave 2-2; National ranking #59
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5)
Match was moved indoors to the Hilton Center at 5:45 pm due to rain.