Communications Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After beginning the weekend at No. 2 Georgia, the LSU women’s tennis team will conclude its road swing with a match against the No. 33 Tennessee Volunteers at 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Barksdale Tennis Stadium.
The Volunteers have the advantage in the overall series, 27-18. The teams met in January at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Tallahassee, Florida. The Tigers emerged victorious, 4-1. LSU dominated the singles courts, with sophomores Taylor Bridges and Luba Vasilyuk getting straight set wins. Junior Paris Corley was victorious at the No. 5 singles, and senior Jessica Golovin clinched the match for LSU at the No. 2 singles.
The Tigers are 12-3 overall and 2-1 in SEC play on the season after falling to No. 2 Georgia on Friday by a score of 4-2. The Tigers’ two points came from Eden Richardson and Golovin in singles competition.
No. 15 Richardson faced the No. 1 player in the country, Katarina Jokic, and powered through for the three-set victory. Richardson won her first set, 6-4, before dropping the second, 5-7. Richardson outlasted Jokic and took the third set, 6-4. Richardson’s victory over an ITA No. 1 player was the first for a Tiger since Megan Falcon in 2008, and only the second in program history.
Golovin faced No. 16 Marta Gonzalez at the No. 2 singles. She emerged victorious, beating Gonzalez in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. With the victory, her win streak extends to four and dual record increases to 8-2.
In doubles, the pairing of Richardson and Golovin are ranked No. 3 in the ITA/Oracle polls and are 9-1 in the dual season.
Notes on Tennessee
The No. 33-ranked Volunteers are 11-3 on the season. Last time out, Tennessee hosted and defeated No. 21 Texas A&M, 4-2.
In singles, Tennessee is lead at the No. 1 singles by No. 65 Sadie Hammond. Hammond has six wins in the dual season. In doubles, Hammond is partnered with Kaitlin Staines and the pair are ranked No. 8 in the ITA/Oracle polls. Hammond and Kaitlin are 10-0 in the dual season, and have three wins over ranked opponents.
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