Lady Tigers Tennis Nets 5-2 Road Win Over Florida State

LSU's Mykala Hedberg
LSU's Mykala Hedberg
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For the first time this season the LSU women's tennis team played away from home Wednesday, and the Lady Tigers came out with a 5-2 win over Florida State in a key non-conference match-up for both teams.

"Going on the road and being able to beat a team like Florida State like we did today was huge for us," LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. "We have a close match with them every year, and we were able to establish ourselves early this time and come home with a win."

The win improved the Lady Tigers to 5-1 on the season, as they rebounded from a tough 7-0 loss to Texas A&M in their last outing. The Seminoles dropped to 6-2 overall with the loss.

"The way we responded after that loss to Texas A&M was very important," Minnis said. "We didn't let ourselves make the mistakes we made in that match."

The Lady Tigers went back to their winning ways in doubles, earning the first point of the match with victories on two of the three courts.

Camila Caliari and Daysi Espinal completed their doubles match first on court three, downing Whitney Eber and Alina Mihailescu, 8-3, on court three. The Seminoles countered with a win on court two, as Suzanna Mansour and Anna Rynarzewska defeated Marina Chiarelli and Mykala Hedberg, 8-3.

But then on the same day they entered the doubles rankings at No. 37, Lauren Seaman and Tiffany Tucker remained perfect on the year in clinching the first point of the match for LSU with an 8-5 victory on court one over Tapiwa Marobela and Nicola Slater. The pair is now 6-0 in dual matches this season.

LSU improved to 5-0 this year in matches when winning the doubles point. Its only loss in doubles was in the team's 7-0 loss to Texas A&M.

"Winning the doubles point gave us a lot of momentum heading into singles," Minnis said. "Tiffany and Lauren played great again against a really good team and showed why they're ranked 37th in the country."

When singles play began, Caliari and Hedberg both picked up quick first-set wins. Hedberg maintained control and bested Marobela on court one, 6-2, 6-1, for LSU's second point of the match.

After Florida State earned a point with Slater's two-set win over Anastasiya Dubova on court four, Caliari finished her match on top, downing Eber for the 6-0, 7-5 win on court six.

Then, just as she had been part of the clinching effort in doubles play, Tucker managed a three-set win over Suzanna Mansour on court five in singles to clinch the match for the Lady Tigers.

Chiarelli captured LSU's other point. After falling in her first set to Mihailescu, she came back to oust her opponent, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Lady Tigers return home for a Saturday match versus Lamar at 11 a.m. as part of Super Tiger Weekend on the LSU campus.

Match Results

#43 LSU 5, #57 Florida State 2
Singles competition

1. Mykala Hedberg (LSU) def. Tapiwa Marobela (FSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Anna Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Lauren Seaman (LSU) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
3. Marina Chiarelli (LSU) def. Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Nicola Slater (FSU) def. Anastasiya Dubova (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Tiffany Tucker (LSU) def. Suzanna Mansour (FSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6. Camila Caliari (LSU) def. Whitney Eber (FSU) 6-0, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #37 Lauren Seaman/Tiffany Tucker (LSU) def. Tapiwa Marobela/Nicola Slater (FSU) 8-5
2. Suzanna Mansour/Anna Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Marina Chiarelli/Mykala Hedberg (LSU) 8-3
3. Camila Caliari/Daysi Espinal (LSU) def. Whitney Eber/Alina Mihailescu (FSU) 8-3

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,6,5,3,2)

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