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Valle Costa and Foster Advance to Quarterfinals

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

ATHENS, Ga. --- Senior Joana Valle Costa and junior Ryann Foster became the first doubles pairing in LSU women's tennis history to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Women's Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Friday.

The No. 16-ranked pairing of Valle Costa and Foster defeated the No. 7 pairing of Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson of Texas A&M, their second victory over the Aggie tandem this season.

Valle Costa and Foster took the first set 6-4 before dropping the second set 6-3 to force a third-set tie breaker. The Tigers ultimately claimed the third set 10-6, clinching their spot as one of the final eight doubles teams in the NCAA tournament.

In singles play, the No. 46-ranked Valle Costa fell to Florida's No. 6 Belinda Woolcock in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, finishing the season with an impressive 17-7 record, including six wins over ranked opponents.

Valle Costa ends her singles tenure in the Purple and Gold with a team-leading 80 career singles victories.

The senior from Lisbon, Portugal earned All-American status by advancing to the NCAA round of 16, and teammate Jade Lewis also earned All-American honors on the merit of her ITA ranking of 11th in the country. Foster and Valle Costa will also claim All-American status with their advancement to the doubles quarterfinals.

For more information on the LSU women's tennis program follow the Tigers on Twitter @lsuwten and @LSUJuliaSell, on Instagram @LSUWTen and on www.Facebook.com/lsuwten.

NCAA Division I Women's Singles Championships

Friday, May 26 (Round of 16)
1. No. 6 Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. No. 46 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) 6-3, 6-1

NCAA Division I Women's Doubles Championships

Friday, May 26 (Round of 16)
1. No. 16 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) def. No. 7 Rutuja Bhosale/Rachel Pierson (TAMU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)

Saturday, May 27 (Quarterfinals)
1. No. 16 Joana Valle Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. No. 38 Elena Christofi/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) at 2:30 p.m. CT

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