STARKVILLE, Miss. – The LSU Lady Tigers (9-16; 1-12 SEC) fell 4-0 to sixth-seeded Vanderbilt (15-10; 7-6 SEC) in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday at A.J Pitts Tennis Centre.
LSU was eliminated from the SEC Tournament, while Vanderbilt advances to the third round to face third-seeded Florida, ranked second nationally, Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
“Vanderbilt was just too good today,” head coach Julia S. Sell said. “I’m proud of this team for the way they have competed all year long, especially today under less than ideal circumstances.”
Due to possible inclement weather and a delayed start time, competition kicked off with singles. Vanderbilt came out charging against the Lady Tigers, capturing first-set victories on all six courts.
The Commodores’ first success came on court five, as senior Keri Frankenberger fell 6-3, 6-1 to Vanderbilt’s Ashleigh Antal.
After freshman Ella Taylor’s 6-3, 6-2 loss against the Commodores’ No. 91 Georgia Sellyn on court two and senior Ebie Wilson’s 6-1, 6-3 defeat to Vanderbilt’s Frances Altick, the Commodores extended their lead to 3-0, one point shy of ending the match.
Both senior Kaitlin Burns and sophomore Mary Jeremiah retaliated against their first-set losses by notching the initial two games of the second set. After staying neck-and-neck with their competitors, Vanderbilt’s Courtney Colton ultimately pulled away to score an overall 6-2, 6-4 win over Jeremiah on court two and clinch the match for the Commodores.
No. 117 Burns’ court-one match against Vanderbilt’s 59th-ranked Lauren Mira was left unfinished.
Junior Ariel Morton fought through a nail-biting first set, ultimately falling in a tiebreaker to the Commodores’ Marie Casares 7-6 (7-3). After Vanderbilt clinched the win, her court-four competition was suspended.
“We haven’t had the results that we hoped for, but we have had so much more success everywhere else,” Sell said. “This team has gone through an incredible transformation this year. They now understand what it means to strive for excellence each day and to wear the LSU name with pride.”
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#18 Vanderbilt 4, #64 LSU 0
1. #59 Lauren Mira (VU) vs. #117 Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-1, 5-3, unfinished
2. Courtney Colton (VU) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. #91 Georgina Sellyn (VU) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Marie Casares (VU) vs. Ariel Morton (LSU) 7-6 (7-3), 3-0, unfinished
5. Ashleigh Antal (VU) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Frances Altick (VU) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
1. Ariel Morton/Mary Jeremiah (LSU) vs. #10 Courtney Colton/Lauren Mira (VU) no result
2. Keri Frankenberger/Ebie Wilson (LSU) vs. Marie Casares/Ashleigh Antal (VU) no result
3. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) vs. Georgina Sellyn/Frances Altick (VU) no result
LSU 9-16, 1-12 SEC; National ranking #64
Vanderbilt 15-10, 7-6 SEC; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (5,3,6,2)