Women's Tennis to Face First Road Test
Communications Student Assistant
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After an eight-match home stand, the LSU women’s tennis team will travel to face the No. 22-ranked Florida Gators for its first true road contest of the season at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex Friday at 4 p.m. CT.
LSU will follow up the Florida match with a match against No. 11 South Carolina (10-3; 2-0 SEC) at the Carolina Tennis Center Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. The South Carolina match, originally scheduled for Sunday, was moved up to Saturday to account for unfavorable weather conditions.
“These are going to be two really tough matches,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “Florida is the reigning national champion and South Carolina just had a really good weekend beating both Mississippi teams. We’re obviously going to be facing two really confident teams, and we need to do a little bit better this weekend than we did the weekend before. It’s not about what happens today or next week, it’s about getting better each time until we’re where we need to be in April or May.”
The Tigers (10-2; 1-1 SEC) will face off against the Gators (7-4; 2-0 SEC) for the 46th time in program history as the two schools have faced each other at least once each year since 1983. LSU will face South Carolina for the 29th time in program history, having faced the Gamecocks every year since 1992. The Tigers have taken two of the last three contests against South Carolina, most recently a 4-2 victory at home last season.
After compiling a 9-1 record at the LSU Tennis Complex and a 1-1 neutral site record at ITA Kickoff Weekend, the Tigers will face their first real road opponents in the second weekend of conference play.
Junior Jessica Golovin, ranked No. 67 in the country, is currently in the midst of a 13-match win streak and holds the team lead with an 11-0 dual singles record. Freshman Eden Richardson has won her past eight matches in a row and has a team-high 20 singles victories dating back to the fall. Combined, the two have compiled a team-leading 8-3 doubles record, including a career-best win over the No. 8 pairing of Katarina Jokic and Mariana Gould Friday against Georgia.
Seniors Anna Danilina, ranked No. 15 in the nation, and Josie Kuhlman, ranked No. 45, are the leaders of the 2018 Gators squad. Danilina leads the team with 19 total singles wins and has a 5-4 dual singles record on court one. The Gators’ 15th-ranked doubles pairing of Danilina and Victoria Emma is projected to square off against the newly-ranked pairing of Golovin and Richardson on court one. Florida is coached by Roland Thornqvist in his 17th season with the team.
Senior Hadley Berg, ranked No. 29 in the country, headlines the South Carolina lineup with a 6-2 dual singles record across the top two courts. South Carolina returns four of the six singles players that LSU faced in its 4-2 win over the Gamecocks last season, including Ryann Foster’s 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 110 Paige Cline. South Carolina is coached by Kevin Epley in his fifth season with the team.
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