KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The LSU women's tennis team lost to No. 21 Tennessee 7-0 on Sunday afternoon inside Tennessee's Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
The Lady Tigers dropped their record to an even 9-9 overall, 3-3 in the SEC. Tennessee improved to 13-4 overall and a perfect 5-0 in conference play.
"Tennessee beat us up pretty good today," said LSU women's tennis coach Tony Minnis. "They played extremely well. We just need to get healthy and put this behind us."
Tennessee took control early on in doubles play as the Lady Vol pair of Kata Szekely and Jennifer Meredith improved its spring record to 15-0 by knocking off LSU's Kaitlin Burns and Alexus Coats 8-0 on Court 3.
The Lady Tiger twosome of Whitney Wolf and Olivia Howlett fought hard on Court 1 against Tennessee's 59th-ranked doubles team of Natalie Pluskota and Millie Nichols. After falling behind early, the LSU duo pulled to within 6-4. However, Pluskota and Nichols pulled away to claim an 8-5 victory and complete the doubles sweep.
LSU looked to steal the momentum from the Lady Vols early in singles action, but it was not meant to be on Sunday as Tennessee got off to a fast start.
The Lady Vol freshman Nichols defeated Coats 6-0, 6-0 on Court 6 to put Tennessee up 2-0 in the overall match.
On Court 4, Szekely topped LSU's Frankenberger 6-2, 6-1. Moments later Howlett fell to Tennessee's Alda 6-2, 6-1 to give the overall match to the Lady Vols.
Vlaar then dropped her match to the Lady Vol senior Sorbello 6-2, 6-2 to make it 5-0 Tennessee.
Wolf quickly dropped her first set to Pluskota 6-1. The Pride, La., native pulled to within 3-2 in the second set, but Pluskota took control and went on to clinch the set and the match 6-1, 6-3.
LSU's Burns engaged in a tight first set with 36th-ranked Boren on Court 3. The Lady Vol freshman was able to prevail, though, taking the set 6-4. Burns was unable to build any momentum in the second set as Boren took an early lead and never looked back, winning 6-4, 6-3.
The Lady Tigers will take several days off before traveling to face Auburn on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
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No. 21 Tennessee 7, LSU 0
March 27, 2011 at Knoxville, Tenn.
Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center
1. #42 Natalie Pluskota (UT) def. #56 Whitney Wolf (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Rosalia Alda (UT) def. Olivia Howlett (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #36 Brynn Boren (UT) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Kata Szekely (UT) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Yvette Vlaar (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Millie Nichols (UT) def. Alexus Coats (LSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. #59 Natalie Pluskota/Millie Nichols (UT) def. Whitney Wolf/Olivia Howlett (LSU) 8-5
2. Rosalía Alda/Maria Sorbello (UT) def. Yvette Vlaar/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 8-2
3. Kata Szekely/Jennifer Meredith (UT) def. Alexus Coats/Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 8-0
Order of Finish
Tennessee: 13-4 (5-0 in SEC)
LSU: 9-9 (3-3 in SEC)
Match was moved indoors due to inclement weather