DALLAS -- The No. 60 LSU women’s tennis team improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating No. 64 SMU (1-3), 6-1.
“I was proud of the way we handled the adversity this week,” said LSU head coach Julia Sell. “Between injuries, illness and inclement weather we haven't been able to prepare as well as we would have liked, so to come away with the win today shows the heart that this team possesses.”
SMU forfeited court three in doubles play. On court one, Mary Jeremiah and partner Noel Scott then secured the doubles point for LSU by defeating Anna Kate Anderson and Hristina Dishkova 6-2.
“I thought Noel (Scott) and Mary (Jeremiah) did an exceptional job in doubles in their first match together after both fighting back from injuries,” said Sell. “They showed a lot of leadership out there mentally and physically.”
On court two, Skylar Holloway and Joana Vale Costa fell behind early but settled in to defeat Holly Verner and Macie Elliott 6-4.
SMU forfeited courts five and six in singles play. On court one, LSU’s Scott defeated Dishkova 6-3, 6-1, while Vale Costa secured the match for LSU as she took down Anderson 6-1, 6-2 on court two.
Ella Taylor captured a singles victory on court three as she topped Verner 6-0, 6-2, but LSU’s Otero fell 6-2, 6-3 to Macie Elliot on court 4.
The Lady Tigers will take the court again on Saturday as they face No. 27 Florida State at noon CST in Tallahassee, Fla. The match, which is part of ESPN’s College MatchDay, will be shown on ESPN3.
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#60 LSU 6, #64 SMU 1
1. Noel Scott (LSU) def. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Anna Kate Anderson (SMU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Holly Verner (SMU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Macie Elliot (SMU) def. Gabrielle Otero (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Abigail Owens (LSU) won by default
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) won by default
1. Mary Jeremiah/Noel Scott (LSU) def. Anna Kate Anderson/Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 6-2
2. Joana Vale Costa/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Holly Verner/Macie Elliott (SMU) 6-4
3. Abigail Owens/Gabrielle Otero (LSU) won by default