Communications Student Assistant
Athens, Ga - The No. 12 LSU women’s tennis team fell short in its opening SEC road match at No. 2 Georgia by the score of 4-2.
The Tigers drop to 12-3 on the season and 2-1 in SEC play.
“We went toe-to-toe with the best team in the country and I still felt we left a few points out there,” LSU co-head coach Mike Sell said. “We are on the brink of a couple big wins if we can continue to believe and have the courage to extend our leads. This team is progressing and we need to stay our course, as we are in the driver’s seat for the type of season we want. We will regroup and be ready for a tough Tennessee team on Sunday.”
“Certainly the highlight was Eden Richardson beating the No. 1 singles player in the country on her home court – she has been coming to practice early to get in extra reps and it’s really showing. Congrats to Jessica on a great ranked win as well!”
The Bulldogs took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
The pair of Elena Christofi and Vivian Wolff were first off the court as they defeated freshman Anna Loughlan and senior Kennan Johnson, 6-2, at the No. 2 doubles.
Georgia clinched the doubles point when Marta Gonzalez and Meg Kowalski defeated the duo of junior Paris Corley and sophomore Taylor Bridges, 6-4, at the No. 3 doubles.
No. 35 Wolff gave Georgia its second point of the night when she defeated Johnson at the No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 92 Carle extended Georgia’s lead to 3-0 when she defeated Bridges 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 3 singles.
Senior Jessica Golovin earned LSU’s first point of the match when she defeated No. 16 Gonzalez 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2 singles.
No. 15 Eden Richardson cut the Georgia lead to 3-2 when she beat the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Katarina Jokic, in three sets, 6-4, 5-7 and 6-4. Richardson became the first Tiger since Megan Falcon in 2008 to beat the ITA No. 1 singles competitor.
The Bulldogs clinched the match when No. 95 Kowalski defeated sophomore Luba Vasilyuk in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
The No. 15 Tigers will conclude their road swing in Knoxville when they take on No. 33 Tennessee at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday, March 10.
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#2 Georgia 4, #15 LSU 2
1. #3 Eden Richardson/Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. #74 Lourdes Carle/Katarina Jokic (Georgia) 5-5, unfinished
2. Elena Christofi/Vivian Wolff (Georgia) def. Anna Loughlan/Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-2
3. Marta Gonzalez/Meg Kowalski (Georgia) def. Paris Corley/Taylor Bridges (LSU) 6-4
1. #15 Eden Richardson (LSU) def. #1 Katarina Jokic (AUB) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
2. Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. #16 Marta Gonzalez (Georgia) 6-4, 6-4
3. #92 Lourdes Carle def. Taylor Bridges (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. #35 Vivian Wolff (Georgia) def. Kennan Johnson (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Elena Christofi (Georgia) vs. Paris Corley (LSU) 2-6, 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
6. #95 Meg Kowalski (Georgia) def. Luba Vasilyuk (LSU) 7-5, 6-1
Georgia 10-0; National ranking #2
LSU 12-3; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,6)
Official: Karen Badger-Mabry