Women's Tennis Earns First SEC Win, 6-1

LSU's Keri Frankenberger (left) and Ebie Wilson
LSU's Keri Frankenberger (left) and Ebie Wilson
Elizabeth Thompson
Caroline Downer
Caroline Downer

BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU Lady Tigers (8-8; 1-5 SEC) posted a 6-1 win over the University of Missouri (7-6; 1-5 SEC) Sunday at W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.

"(Missouri) just beat Arkansas on Friday, and that is a really solid team and that has beaten a lot of teams that we've lost to," head coach Julia S. Sell said. "They also beat Kentucky, who we lost to. It puts it back into perspective. When you're building confidence, you need factual evidence of why you should feel good about yourself. That's what the win does."

The duo of Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger clinched the doubles point for LSU after defeating Mizzou's No. 68 pair of Rachel Stuhlmann and Maria Christensen on court two. The Lady Tigers split the first two doubles matches, as the team of Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor posted an 8-4 win over the Missouri Tigers' Elisha Gabb and Madison Rhyner on court three before Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton's 8-6 loss to Mizzou's Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Alex Clark in the top spot.

Senior Burns kicked off a series of singles wins for LSU after marking a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over the Missouri Tigers' No. 114 Gaytan-Leach in the No. 1 position. Freshman Taylor followed on court three with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph against Mizzou's Christensen.

The competition on court six clinched the match for LSU. Senior Wilson tallied a 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Missouri Tigers' Rhyner in the No. 6 position, despite trailing 4-1 early on in the second set.

Junior Morton added another point for the Lady Tigers on court four with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Mizzou's Gabb.

Courts two and five split the day's remaining points, as Jeremiah and Frankenberger proceeded into third sets and competed in 10-point super tiebreakers.

After posting a 6-4 win in the first set, Frankenberger battled Missouri's Clark through the second set and fell 7-6 (7-5). The senior struck back with a 10-7 super tiebreaker victory.

The final point of the day went to Mizzou's Stuhlmann on court two. After falling 6-2 in set one, Jeremiah fought back to score a 6-2 win in the second set, but fell 10-7 in the third-set super tiebreaker.

"(The win is) huge for our confidence, especially for Kaitlin (Burns) and Mary (Jeremiah)," Sell said. "It's finally starting to come together. I wish Mary would have been able to play a whole third set out there, because that's really where she would have dug in and pulled out the win today. It's all going in the right direction. We just have to continue."

The Lady Tigers set off for their next competition Friday against Ole Miss at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center at 3 p.m. CT.

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#66 LSU 6, #75 University of Missouri 1

Singles competition
1. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. #114 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MISSOURI) 6-0, 6-1
2. Rachel Stuhlmann (MISSOURI) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Maria Christensen (MISSOURI) 6-1, 6-1
4. Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Elisha Gabb (MISSOURI) 6-4, 6-4
5. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Alex Clark (MISSOURI) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-7)
6. Ebie Wilson (LSU) def. Madison Rhyner (MISSOURI) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach/Alex Clark (MISSOURI) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-6
2. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. #68 Rachel Stuhlmann/Maria Christensen (MISSOURI) 8-6
3. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Elisha Gabb/Madison Rhyner (MISSOURI) 8-4

Match Notes:
University of Missouri 7-6, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #75
LSU 8-8, 1-5 SEC; National ranking #66
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,6,4,2,5)
Courts 2 and 5 played to 10-point third-set tiebreakers.




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