Golovin Clinches Indoor Championships Berth
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ATLANTA, Ga. — Freshman Jessica Golovin punched LSU’s ticket to the ITA Team Indoor Championships with 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, victory over Georgia Tech’s Paige Hourigan Sunday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
No. 21 LSU (4-0) advanced to the indoor championships for the first time in school history with a 4-2 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech. The event has been held annually since 2007. Pairings for the Feb. 5-8, 16-team tournament bracket are expected to be released next week.
“I was so proud to watch this team come together and fight an incredible battle,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “I thought we missed some opportunities to extend our leads but our team just stayed very composed to get the victory.”
Despite dropping the first doubles match, Ella Taylor and Skylar Holloway picked things up with a 7-5 win over Megan Kurey and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer on three. In a back and forth match on one, Joana Vale Costa and Ryann Foster teamed up to defeat No. 35 Kendal Woodard and Paige Hourigan, 7-6.
The Lady Tigers started strong in singles by getting out to a 3-0 lead. Owens made quick work of Anton-Ohlmeyer on court five 6-1, 6-0. No. 23 Vale Costa defeated Renaud 6-4, 6-2 on court one.
Despite being down by three, the Yellow Jackets took the first set on the remaining four courts and began the comeback. Taylor fell 6-3, 6-2 to Prokopuik on court six and No. 93 Kuykendall dropped her match 6-4, 6-3 to No. 92 McAdoo to make the match 3-2 overall.
Although they dropped their first set, newcomers Foster and Golovin fought back to each win their second set. On court one, Hourigan and Golovin continued to go back and forth with points. Golovin moved to a 6-5 lead and eventually clinched the match.
“It was a great atmosphere throughout the day and the team really helped each other out,” Golovin said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to come back and clinch the match for the team. I am very excited and can’t wait for indoor nationals.”
LSU returns to Baton Rouge for a week of training before getting back on the road. The Lady Tigers will travel to Houston to take on Rice at 12 p.m. CT Sunday at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
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#21 LSU 4, #24 Georgia Tech 2
Jan 24, 2016 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
1. #23 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6‐4, 6‐2
2. #52 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Paige Hourigan (GT) 2‐6, 6‐4, 7‐5
3. #92 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. #93 Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 6‐4, 6‐3
4. Kendal Woodard (GT) vs. Ryann Foster (LSU) 7-5, 4-6, 4-4, unfinished
5. Abby Owens (LSU) def. Alexa Anton‐Ohlmeyer (GT) 6‐1, 6‐0
6. Alexis Prokopuik (GT) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6‐3, 6‐2
1. Joana Vale Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) def. #35 Kendal Woodard/Paige Hourigan (GT) 7‐6 (7‐5)
2. Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Skylar Kuykendall/Abby Owens (LSU) 6‐2
3. Ella Taylor/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Megan Kurey/Alexa Anton‐Ohlmeyer (GT) 7‐5
LSU 4‐0; National ranking #21
Georgia Tech 2‐1; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,6,3,2)
Championship Match of ITA Kickoff Weekend