BATON ROUGE -- The LSU Lady Tigers Tennis team (3-2) produced a strong performance across the board as they handed the Tulane Green Wave (6-1) their first loss of the season at the W.T. "Dub" Robinson Tennis Stadium on Tuesday.
"I am really excited about this win," LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. "Tulane is a very solid team, so I thought we did a great job of coming out and winning the doubles point and then quickly jumping on them in singles. We need to keep what we did today going as we move forward, and look to improve as the season progresses."
Olivia Howlett and Yvette Vlaar got the Lady Tigers on the board first in doubles as they defeated Caroline Thornton and Caroline Magnusson 8-6 on court two. Tulane quickly evened the doubles tie on court three as Kaitlin Burns and Ebie Wilson fell to Lindsay Dvorak and Hila Elster.
Keri Frankenberger and Whitney Wolf proved up to the challenge once again however, as they came out firing on all cylinders in a doubles point-deciding tiebreaker on court one. The pair battled back from having conceded an early lead in the pro set to win 9-8 (7-1), clinching the doubles point for LSU.
Vlaar then kept the momentum going into singles as she beat Dvorak 6-4, 6-2 on court six to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 overall lead in the match. Wolf fell 7-6 (7-0), 7-5 to Mariam Kurdadze on court one.
Keri Frankenberger next brought LSU a point away from winning the overall match with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph on court five.
Howlett then clinched the match with a three-set victory over Emma Levy on court two. The senior produced big forehand after big forehand in the final set to keep her run of good form going as she has won seven of her last 10 matches.
Ebie Wilson prevailed in two sets on court four 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), with the second set tiebreaker making for one of the more drama-filled segments of the day.
Kaitlin Burns finished the day in style for the Lady Tigers as she grinded out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory on court three giving LSU a 6-1 victory in the overall match. Burns is one of the most in-form Lady Tigers at the moment as she is 7-3 in her last 10 singles matches.
The Lady Tigers have now won two-straight matches, and they lead the all-time series with Tulane 31-4.
LSU will travel to the West Coast next as they get set to take on San Diego Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.
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#65 LSU 6, Tulane Green Wave 1
1. Mariam Kurdadze (TLN) def. Whitney Wolf (LSU) 7-6 (7-0), 7-5
2. Olivia Howlett (LSU) def. Emma Levy (TLN) 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
3. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Caroline Thornton (TLN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Ebie Wilson (LSU) def. Caroline Magnusson (TLN) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Jenny Hois (TLN) 6-4, 6-2
6. Yvette Vlaar (LSU) def. Lindsay Dvorak (TLN) 6-4, 6-2
1. Keri Frankenberger/Whitney Wolf (LSU) def. Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TLN) 9-8 (7-1)
2. Yvette Vlaar/Olivia Howlett (LSU) def. Caroline Thornton/Caroline Magnusson (TLN) 8-6
3. Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Elster (TLN) def. Kaitlin Burns/Ebie Wilson (LSU) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,1,5,2,4,3)