Women's Tennis Welcomes Mississippi St. to 'The Dub'
BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's tennis team (10-7; 3-3 SEC) looks to get back on track in Southeastern Conference action against Mississippi State (6-9; 0-6 SEC) on Friday at 3 p.m. in Dub Robinson Stadium.
"Mississippi State is much improved from last year, this is going to be a very tough match," LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. "They have had some close matches so far this year. We have been playing with some good intensity and we have a little momentum. We just need to make sure we come out ready to play."
LSU is currently in a three-way tie for second place in the SEC Western Division race with No. 17 Ole Miss and Arkansas, three matches behind No. 13 Alabama.
The Lady Tigers have won three of their last four matches, including a 5-2 upset of then-No. 12 Tennessee last Friday at the Dub.
Olivia Howlett was named SEC Player of the Week for her 3-0 singles and 2-1 doubles records last week. She has claimed a win in four-straight singles contests with one of those victories having come against then-No. 51 Lauren Herring of Georgia. She is 11-5 this spring with a 7-2 record on court two.
Howlett and Yvette Vlaar have taken five of their previous six doubles matches in addition to their 2-1 mark last week.
Kaitlin Burns is two matches away from 50 career victories as she has gone 8-6 in dual matches this season.
LSU owns a 25-9 advantage over Mississippi State in the all-time series, and the Lady Tigers have taken two-straight including a 6-1 decision last year.
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