Women's Tennis Drops Road Match to No. 34 Aggies
Communications Student Assistant
COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The No. 40 LSU women’s tennis team dropped its conference road match against No 34 Texas A&M by a score of 4-1 at the Mitchell Tennis Center Friday evening.
The Tigers dropped to 12-5 (3-4 SEC) on the season with the loss while Texas A&M moved to 14-4 (4-3 SEC).
The Tigers got off to a hot start in doubles as Ryann Foster and Kennan Johnson blitzed the pairing of Iulia Ivascu and Tatiana Makarova on court two, 6-0. After Texas A&M leveled the doubles score with a win on court three, the deciding point came down to court one, where Eva Paalma and Domenica Gonzalez ultimately won in a comeback effort against Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson.
After a win on court six to start singles play gave Texas A&M a brief 2-0 lead, freshman Luba Vasilyuk pulled the Tigers back to within one with a dominant 6-2, 6-3 win over Aggie freshman Tatiana Makarova on court five. Vasilyuk improved to 6-3 on the season with the win and moved to an impressive 3-2 thus far in conference play holding down the five spot in the lineup.
Following the LSU victory on court five, the Aggies struck back with a win on court two as senior Macarena Olivares saddled Golovin with just her second loss of the dual season to put the score at 3-1 in favor of Texas A&M.
After Richardson and Johnson earned a pair of 6-1 first-set victories on courts three and four, respectively, their Aggie opponents each took the second set to force a decisive third. While Richardson and Johnson were leading their third sets, the outcome on court one ultimately sealed the match for Texas A&M as No. 119 Gonzalez took advantage of the momentum from a drawn-out first-set tiebreak to take the second set as well over Foster. The loss was just Foster’s second of the dual season and only her second loss in her past 19 matches.
The LSU women’s tennis team will return to Baton Rouge for its final two home matches of the season, beginning with No. 11 Ole Miss Friday, March 30, at noon CT before taking on No. 24 Mississippi State Sunday, April 1, at noon CT.
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#34 Texas A&M 4, #40 LSU 1
1. #119 Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) def. Ryann Foster (LSU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
2. Macarena Olivares (A&M) def. #80 Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. #120 Eden Richardson (LSU) vs. Eva Paalma (A&M) 6-1, 3-6, 2-2, unfinished
4. Kennan Johnson (LSU) vs. Riley McQuaid (A&M) 6-1, 5-7, 4-2, unfinished
5. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) def. Tatiana Makarova (A&M) 6-2, 6-3
6. Dorthea Faa-Hviding (A&M) def. Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Eva Paalma/Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) def. #27 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-3
2. Ryann Foster/Kennan Johnson (LSU) def. Iulia Ivascu/Tatiana Makarova (A&M) 6-0
3. Riley McQuaid/Dorthea Faa-Hviding (A&M) def. Luba Vasilyuk/Ashton Rabalais (LSU) 6-0
LSU 12-5, 3-4 SEC; National ranking #40
Texas A&M 14-4, 4-3 SEC; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,5,2,1)