Women's Tennis Swept by No. 23 Georgia, 7-0

LSU's Daysi Espinal
LSU's Daysi Espinal
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs gave the LSU women's tennis team all it could handle Sunday, handing the Lady Tigers their second Southeastern Conference loss of the weekend, 7-0.

After dropping its SEC-opener at Tennessee on Friday, LSU (7-3, 0-2 SEC) played the higher-ranked Bulldogs much closer within each individual match despite being swept.

"We played so much better today than in our last match," LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. "But we have to finish. We're losing all of the close sets, and we need to learn how to close them out when we have the opportunity."

The Bulldogs improved their record to 5-5 (2-0 SEC) with the win, sweeping their conference-opening weekend by defeating both Arkansas and LSU.

Georgia quickly grabbed the doubles point with 8-1 wins on courts one and three. The ninth-ranked duo of Caroline Basu and Shadisha Robinson defeated Mykala Hedberg and Tiffany Tucker on court one first. Then Natalie Frazier and Kelley Hyndman bested Camila Caliari and Daysi Espinal on court three to clinch the early point for the Bulldogs.

The match on court two remained a fight, however. Marina Chiarelli and Anastasiya Dubova went back and forth with the 14th-ranked Bulldogs pair of Darya Ivanov and Evegenia Subbotina. Down 7-6 and on serve, the LSU tandem was broken, giving Georgia the 8-6 win and the doubles sweep.

The Bulldogs also began singles with two quick straight-sets victory. Tucker bowed out first to Basu on court four, 6-1, 6-0. Hedberg suffered a tough loss at the No. 1 slot to 30th-ranked Frazier, 6-1, 6-1, to put Georgia ahead, 3-0.

Caliari and Chiarelli both lost the first set on their respective courts, however each won her second set by a 6-3 margin to force third sets. Dubova and Espinal played three sets as well, though those Lady Tigers captured first sets and succumbed in the second.

Caliari couldn't pull out her third set to Ivanov, falling, 6-0 and allowing the Bulldogs to clinch the match.

Dubova dropped her third-set super-tiebreaker to Subbotina, 10-7, for Georgia's next point. Chiarelli had gone ahead of 45th-ranked Robinson on court two, 4-1, in the deciding set, but the Georgia junior stormed back for the 5-4 lead.

Espinal played a super-tiebreaker on court six as well against Hyndman, coming out on the losing end, 10-6

LSU continues its SEC slate next weekend, welcoming both Kentucky and Vanderbilt to W.T. Robinson Stadium.

MATCH RESULTS

Singles
1. #30 Natalie Frazier (UGA) def. Mykala Hedberg (LSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #45 Shadisha Robinson (UGA) def. Marina Chiarelli (LSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
3. Evgenia Subbotina (UGA) def. Anastasiya Dubova (LSU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0(7)
4. Caroline Basu (UGA) def. Tiffany Tucker (LSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Darya Ivanov (UGA) def. Camila Caliari (LSU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
6. Kelley Hyndman (UGA) def. Daysi Espinal (LSU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0(6)

Doubles
1. #9 Caroline Basu/Shadisha Robinson (UGA) def. Mykala Hedberg/Tiffany Tucker (LSU) 8-1
2. #14 Darya Ivanov/Evegenia Subbotina (UGA) def. Marina Chiarelli/Anastasiya Dubova (LSU) 8-6
3. Natalie Frazier/Kelley Hyndman (UGA) def. Camila Caliari/Daysi Espinal (LSU) 8-1

UGA #23 5-5 (2-0 SEC)
LSU #46 7-3 (0-2 SEC)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2) Singles (4,1,5,3,2,6)

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