BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU women's tennis team (7-7; 0-4 SEC) battled the University of Alabama (12-1; 4-0 SEC) to a 6-1 Crimson Tide victory Sunday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Freshman Caroline Hudson highlighted the day's competition as she notched LSU's only point on court six, with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alabama's Yasmeen Ebada.
Senior Kaitlin Burns took on the Crimson Tide's No. 20 Mary Anne Macfarlane in the top spot and fought back from trailing 0-4 to posting a 7-6 first-set win by notching the tiebreaker. Falling 4-6 in set two, she brought her court into the only third set of the day. Competing in a 10-point tiebreaker, Burns maintained a tight score, but ultimately fell 10-7.
"Kaitlin (Burns) had a great match with a top player and showed today why she is our No. 1 player and a leader on this team," head coach Julia S. Sell said. "Ella (Taylor) battled back in her second set, and Caroline (Hudson) made some adjustments today to pull out the win."
Alabama clinched the doubles point on courts one and two. Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton fell 8-2 in the No. 1 position to the Crimson Tide's No. 4-ranked duo of Macfarlane and Alexa Guarachi, and the Keri Frankenberger and Ebie Wilson pair followed with an 8-4 loss to Alabama's Antonia Foehse and Maya Jansen.
The Crimson Tide clinched the match quickly after doubles, tallying wins on courts two, three and four. Alabama's No. 36 Guarachi defeated Jeremiah 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot, Ella Taylor took a 4-3 lead in her second set, but ultimately fell to the Crimson Tide's No. 77 Jansen 6-0, 6-4 on court three and Alabama's Emily Zabor took a 6-1, 6-2 win over Morton in the No. 4 position.
Following Hudson's triumph on court six, senior Wilson marked another loss for the Lady Tigers with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat against Alabama's No. 106 Natalia Maynetto on the No. 5 court.
"Take away the 25 mph wind gusts, and today was the most challenging environment we have encountered thus far," Sell said. "I'm proud of the way our players handled it with class. We are getting better with every match, and the more committed our entire team stays to improving, the faster we will start to pull out some wins."
The Lady Tigers will face their next competition against Texas A&M Friday at the 3:30 p.m. CT at the W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.
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#6 University of Alabama 6, #71 LSU 1
1. #20 Mary Anne Macfarlane (ALABAMA) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
2. #36 Alexa Guarachi (ALABAMA) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
3. #77 Maya Jansen (ALABAMA) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Emily Zabor (ALABAMA) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. #106 Natalia Maynetto (ALABAMA) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Caroline Hudson (LSU) def. Yasmeen Ebada (ALABAMA) 7-5, 6-3
1. #4 Mary Anne Macfarlane/Alexa Guarachi (ALABAMA) def. Ariel Morton/Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 8-2
2. Antonia Foehse/Maya Jansen (ALABAMA) def. Keri Frankenberger/Ebie Wilson (LSU) 8-4
3. Natalia Maynetto/Emily Zabor (ALABAMA) vs. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 7-4, unfinished
LSU 7-7, 0-4 SEC; National ranking #71
University of Alabama 12-1, 4-0 SEC; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,3,4,6,5,1)