LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 41 LSU women’s tennis team fell to No. 31 Kentucky, 4-1, on Friday in the SEC opener in Lexington, Ky.
“Today was another classic SEC battle,” said LSU head coach Julia Sell. “We had a slow start in doubles which cost us the doubles point. While we had some good starts in singles, we ultimately could not capitalize on some critical points. Hats off to Kentucky for pulling out this win.”
The Lady Tigers are now 7-3 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 11-2.
LSU’s Abigail Owens captured a thrilling three-set victory on court four as she defeated Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
In doubles play, the LSU duo of Joana Vale Costa and Skylar Holloway dropped an 8-4 decision to CeCe Witten and Caitlin McGraw on court one.
On court two, LSU’s Noel Scott and partner Ella Taylor battled hard but ultimately fell 8-4 to the No. 57 duo of Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi.
In singles, LSU’s Scott met defeat 6-2, 6-3 at the hands of Sutjiadi on court two, while Gabrielle Otero fell 6-3, 6-3 to Kelsey Dieters on court three.
On court one, LSU’s Vale Costa met defeat in a heartbreaking three-setter to No. 51 Nadia Ravita 2-6, 7-5 (5), 6-0.
“This is a young team,” said Sell. “We learned a lot today that is going to make us better for our next competition.”
The Lady Tigers will take the court again on Sunday, March 2 as they square off against No. 8 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tn. at 1 p.m. CT.
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#31 Kentucky 4, #41 LSU 1
1. Nadia Ravita (UK) def. Joana Vale Costa (LSU), 2-6, 7-5 (5), 6-0
2. Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Noel Scott (LSU), 6-2, 6-3
3. Kelsey Dieters (UK) def. Gabrielle Otero (LSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
5. Kirsten Lewis (UK) vs. Ella Taylor (LSU), 4-3 unfinished
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) vs. Caitlin McGraw (UK), 4-0 unfinished
1. Caitlin McGraw/ CeCe Witten (UK) def. Joana Vale Costa/ Skylar Holloway (LSU), 8-4
2. Nadia Ravita/ Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Noel Scott/ Ella Taylor (LSU), 8-4
3. Gabrielle Otero/ Abigail Owens (LSU) vs. Kelsey Dieters/ Kirsten Lewis (UK), 7-3 unfinished