Six Lady Tigers Travel to ITA Southern Regional

LSU's Ariel Morton
LSU's Ariel Morton
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AUBURN, Ala. – Six members of the LSU women's tennis team will compete in the ITA Southern Regional Championships beginning Friday at Auburn University.

Newcomers Skylar Holloway, Gabrielle Otero, Abigail Owens and junior transfer Noel Scott will join returning players Ariel Morton and Ella Taylor for both singles and doubles competition.

“This will first time seeing other SEC schools this fall, so it’s good to get a look at our conference,” LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. “These are also the best teams in our region. There’s a nice prize if you win this tournament, so everyone’s trying to play their best and peak in this event to make it into indoors. It will be high-level and great competition.”

The champions in both doubles and singles competition receive an automatic berth to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships held November 7-10 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

LSU will face fellow conference teams Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Other schools competing are Nicholls, Tulane, South Alabama, McNeese State University, Louisiana Tech, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Samford University, Troy University and UAB.

The tournament consists of one draw in doubles and two singles draws, and the draws for this weekend are not yet announced.

Competition kicks off at 8 a.m. CT every day, aside from Monday’s championship round of doubles and singles, which is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT.

“In the fall, we look to see that the team continues to improve,” Sell said. “We’re ready to play again. We came home and practiced for a few weeks, and now we’re itching to get back to a tournament.”

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2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regionals
Auburn, Ala. – Auburn University
Friday Schedule of Play

Main Draw A Doubles – First Round
(5) Abigail Owens/Noel Scott (LSU) vs. Medy Blankvoort/Justyna Krol (ULM) 8 a.m.
Skylar Holloway/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) vs. (3) Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (Auburn) 8 a.m.
Ariel Morton/Ella Taylor (LSU) vs. Laura Matuskova/Laura Valkova (South Alabama) 8 a.m.

Main Draw A Singles – First Round
(9-16) Noel Scott (LSU) vs. Laura Valkova (South Alabama) 9:30 a.m.
Ariel Morton (LSU) vs. (9-16) Joanna Nalborska (LA Tech) 9:30 a.m.
Abigail Owens (LSU) vs. Lyubov Dorofeeva (Troy)  9:30 a.m.
(9-16) Ella Taylor (LSU) vs. Paula Castro (UAB) 9:30 a.m.
Gabrielle Otero (LSU) vs. Alexandra Perper (Miss St.) 9:30 a.m.
Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. (9-16) Emily Flickinger (Auburn) 9:30 a.m.

Tournament Schedule
Oct. 18 - Main Draw Doubles First Round & Singles First/Second Rounds
Oct. 19 - Main Draw Doubles Second/Quarterfinal Round & Singles Third Round
Oct. 20 - Main Draw Doubles Semifinals & Singles Quarterfinals/Semifinals
Oct. 21 - Main Draw Singles & Doubles Championship





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