AUBURN, Ala. – LSU women’s tennis’ Noel Scott will compete in the third round of main draw singles after advancing through the first two rounds Friday at the ITA Southern Regional Championships hosted by Auburn.
Battling through her second-round competition against ULM’s Sophie Rufyikiri, ninth-seeded Scott posted a third-set win with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 score.
“Noel (Scott) had a great match this afternoon,” LSU head coach Julia S. Sell said. “She didn’t play her best tennis today, but she came back and battled to win. It speaks of the competitor in her.”
Ninth-seeded Ella Taylor and newcomer Gabrielle Otero also competed in the second round of singles play. Taylor faced a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Samford’s Stephanie N’tcha, and Otero fell 6-0, 6-3 to McNeese’s Sara Castellano.
In the first round of singles, Scott secured a quick 6-1, 6-1 triumph against South Alabama’s Valkova before Taylor posted a double-bagel win over UAB’s Paula Castro. Otero advanced following a 6-4, 6-4 mark against Mississippi State’s Alexandra Perper.
Senior Ariel Morton and newcomer Skylar Holloway fell to ninth-seeded players, as Morton faced a 6-0, 6-1 loss to (9-16) LA Tech’s Joanna Nalborska, and Holloway took a 6-1, 7-5 loss to Auburn’s (9-16) Emily Flickinger. Abigail Owens fought through a third set but ultimately fell 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to Troy’s Lyubov Dorofeeva.
Holloway came back in the first round of consolation singles to mark a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7) win against Mississippi State’s Roseline Dion and will take on Tulane’s Jacqui Katz in the second round Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
Returning players Morton and Taylor marked LSU’s first victory of the day with an 8-5 doubles win against South Alabama’s Laura Matuskova and Laura Valkova. The newcomer pair of Skylar Holloway and Otero fell 8-2 to Auburn’s third-seeded Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger, and the fifth-seeded doubles pair of Owens and Scott faced an 8-7(6) tiebreaker loss to ULM’s duo of Medy Blankvoort and Justyna Krol.
Doubles play kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. CT as Morton and Taylor take on Marija Milutinovic and Caroline Rhode-Moe of Ole Miss. Scott will take on top-seeded Pleun Burgmans of Auburn in the third-round of singles competition scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
“Whenever we started doubles this morning, we were playing tentatively across the board,” Sell said. “That was expected with Mary (Jeremiah) getting injured this week, because we rearranged a lot. We have a new team, so there is a lot of adjusting everywhere. We just have to continue to improve.”
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2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regionals
Auburn, Ala. – Auburn University
Main Draw A Doubles – First Round
Medy Blankvoort/Justyna Krol (ULM) def. (5) Abigail Owens/Noel Scott (LSU) 8-7 (6)
(3) Pleun Burgmans/Emily Flickinger (Auburn) def. Skylar Holloway/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) 8-2
Ariel Morton/Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Laura Matuskova/Laura Valkova (South Alabama) 8-5
Main Draw A Singles – First Round
(9-16) Noel Scott (LSU) def. Laura Valkova (South Alabama) 6-1, 6-1
(9-16) Joanna Nalborska (LA Tech) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-0, 6-1
Lyubov Dorofeeva (Troy) def. Abigail Owens (LSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
(9-16) Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Paula Castro (UAB) 6-0, 6-0
Gabrielle Otero (LSU) def. Alexandra Perper (Miss St.) 6-4, 6-4
(9-16) Emily Flickinger (Auburn) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-1, 7-5
Main Draw A Singles – Second Round
(9-16) Noel Scott (LSU) def. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Stephanie N’tcha (Samford) def. (9-16) Ella Taylor (LSU) 7-5, 6-4
Sara Castellano (McNeese) def. Gabrielle Otero (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
Consolation Draw Singles – First Round
Paula de Man (Auburn) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2)
Iris Verboven (Ole Miss) def. Abigail Owens (LSU) 6-2, 7-5
Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Roseline Dion (Mississippi State) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7)
Saturday Schedule of Play
Main Draw Singles – Third Round
(9-16) Noel Scott (LSU) vs. (1) Pleun Burgmans (Auburn) 1 p.m.
Consolation Draw A Singles – Second Round
Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. Jacqui Katz (Tulane) 1 p.m.
Main Draw A Doubles – Second Round
(5) Abigail Owens/Noel Scott (LSU) vs. Kristin Lewis/Carita Moolman (Samford) 8 a.m.
Ariel Morton/Ella Taylor (LSU) vs. Marija Milutinovic/Caroline Rhode-Moe (Ole Miss) 8 a.m.
Consolation Draw A Doubles – First Round
Skylar Holloway/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) vs. Jazmin Britos/Marta Sramkova (LA Tech) 8 a.m.
(5) Abigail Owens/Noel Scott (LSU) vs. Mai El Kamash/Allie Robbins (Ole Miss) 8 a.m.
Oct. 19 - Main Draw A Doubles Second/Quarterfinal Round & Singles Third Round, Consolation Draw A Doubles First Round & Singles Second Round
Oct. 20 - Main Draw A Doubles Semifinals & Singles Quarterfinals/Semifinals, Consolation Draw A Singles & Doubles Quarterfinals/Semifinals
Oct. 21 - Main Draw A Singles & Doubles Championship, Consolation Draw A Singles & Doubles Finals