Women's Tennis Upends No. 12 Tennessee, 5-2
BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's tennis team (10-6, 3-2 SEC) won four straight singles matches, after dropping the doubles point, to upset No. 12 Tennessee (11-7, 2-3) 5-2, on Friday at W.T. Dub Robinson Stadium.
The win was the Lady Tigers first win over a top-15 opponent since they defeated No. 13 Kentucky 4-2, in 2009. LSU also snapped a four-match losing streak to Tennessee with Friday's result.
"Tennessee is one of the best teams in the country in doubles and I was really impressed that we came out and played well even though we lost the doubles point," LSU head coach Tony Minnis said. "Winning four first-sets in singles really set a tone. We played well. I was really proud of the team."
Olivia Howlett got the Lady Tigers going in singles as she was first off court, in convincing fashion over 37th-ranked Caitlyn Williams 6-2, 6-2 on court two. The win was Howlett's third-straight in singles, and gave LSU a 2-1 lead in the match because Tennessee forfeited court six due to injury.
Ebie Wilson brought LSU within a point of victory, with 6-3, 6-2 victory against Jesse Grace on court five.
Whitney Wolf clinched the match with a win on court one coming seconds after Wilson's triumph. The senior dropped the first three games of the match, but then won five consecutive games and the outcome was never in doubt after that. She cruised 6-4, 6-3 over 29th-ranked Kata Szekely.
The Lady Tigers started the day by splitting the first two completed doubles matches, and the decisive match on court three went down to the wire.
Wolf and Keri Frankenberger fell 8-4, to No. 21 Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely on court one.
Olivia Howlett and Yvette Vlaar then toppled Sarah Toti and Jesse Grace 8-6, on court two for their fourth-consecutive victory, to put the pressure on court three.
Ariel Morton and Kaitlin Burns broke with Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams were serving to clinch the doubles point at 7-5. The Lady Tigers could not hold to tie it up at 7 however, giving Tennessee a 1-0 lead in the match with an 8-6 result on court three.
Howlett, Wilson and Wolf then produced a worthy response in singles to take the match.
Keri Frankenberger was boosted by the rest of the Lady Tigers' success early in singles. She earned a late break to win the second set in the moment's following Wolf's victory. She then caught fire in the third-set super tiebreaker, for a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) triumph over Henderson.
Kaitlin Burns came up just short against Sarah Toti 2-6, 7-6 (0), 1-0 (8) on court three.
The Lady Tigers travel to face Georgia on Sunday at noon CT.
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#49 LSU 5, #12 Tennessee 2
1. Whitney Wolf (LSU) def. #29 Kata Szekely (TENN) 6-4, 6-3
2. Olivia Howlett (LSU) def. #37 Caitlyn Williams (TENN) 6-2, 6-2
3. Sarah Toti (TENN) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-0), 1-0 (10-8)
4. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) def. Joanna Henderson (TENN) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
5. Ebie Wilson (LSU) def. Jesse Grace (TENN) 6-3, 6-2
6. Yvette Vlaar (LSU) def. Natalie Pluskota (TENN) 6-0, 6-0
1. #21 Natalie Pluskota/Kata Szekely (TENN) def. Whitney Wolf/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 8-4
2. Olivia Howlett/Yvette Vlaar (LSU) def. Sarah Toti/Jesse Grace (TENN) 8-6
3. Joanna Henderson/Caitlyn Williams (TENN) def. Ariel Morton/Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 8-6
Tennessee 11-6; National ranking #12
LSU 9-6; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,5,1,4,3)
LSU was awarded the point on court 6, by forfeit