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Women's Tennis Edged Out By Defending Champs

Chase Wales
Chase Wales
Communications Student Assistant

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The No. 36 LSU women’s tennis team dropped its first road match of the dual season to the defending national champions, the No. 22-ranked Florida Gators, by a score of 4-0 at the Ring Tennis Center Friday.

The Tigers fell to 10-3 (1-2 SEC) on the season with the loss while Florida improved to 8-4 (3-0 SEC).

LSU rolled out a new-look doubles lineup with the newly-ranked pairing of Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson playing on court one, and the pair delivered with a dominant 6-3 win over the No. 15-ranked duo of Anna Danilina and Victoria Emma. Golovin and Richardson are now unbeaten in their past five doubles matchups, three of which have come against ranked opponents.

However, after Golovin and Richardson secured their court one victory, the Tigers dropped the doubles matches on courts two and three and the doubles point went in favor of the Gators.

With a quick 6-3, 6-0 win on court six to begin singles play, Florida jumped out to 2-0 lead as the Tigers continued to battle.

Senior Peggy Porter picked up a win over LSU freshman Luba Vasilyuk on court five to increase Florida’s lead to 3-0.

Junior Kennan Johnson battled back from an early deficit to take her first set over Florida’s McCartney Kessler on court four, 7-5, and Richardson won her second set against No. 100 Victoria Emma, 6-2, after dropping her first set, but the Gators ultimately clinched the match on court two as No. 45 Josie Kuhlman defeated No. 67 Golovin, breaking the junior’s 13-match unbeaten streak.

The Tigers will have a quick turnaround this weekend, returning to the courts Saturday at 2 p.m. CT to face the 11th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia at the Carolina Tennis Center. Saturday’s match was originally scheduled for Sunday at noon, but was moved up in order to accommodate for unfavorable weather conditions.

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.

#22 Florida 4, #36 LSU 0

Singles
1. Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. #15 Anna Danilina (UF) 4-6, 2-5, unfinished
2. #45 Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. #67 Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. #100 Victoria Emma (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0, unfinished
4. Kennan Johnson (LSU vs. McCartney Kessler (UF) 7-5, 4-5, unfinished
5. Peggy Porter (UF) def. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Katie Kubicz (UF) def. Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles
1. #50 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. #15 Anna Danilina/Victoria Emma (UF) 6-3
2. Josie Kuhlman/McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Ryann Foster/Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 6-3
3. Peggy Porter/Katie Kubicz (UF) def. Kennan Johnson/Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-2

Match Notes:

LSU 10-3, 1-2 SEC; National ranking #36
Florida 8-4, 3-0 SEC; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2)
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