TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With a 3-2 lead, and the Crimson Tide on the brink of tying the match, senior Skylar Kuykendall broke Natalia Maynetto's serve at love to clinch ninth-ranked LSU’s 4-3 win over No. 38 Alabama Thursday evening at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility.
Kuykendall, a senior out of Jasper, Alabama, defeated Maynetto 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to seal LSU’s first win in Tuscaloosa since 2007 and end a five-match losing streak to the Crimson Tide. The Lady Tigers improved to 12-3 and 1-0 in conference play. Alabama dropped to 4-5 with the loss.
“The rivalry between these two universities is so strong,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “This was another incredible battle by both teams.”
Alabama started strong by taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Aryn Greene and Danielle Spielmann defeated Abby Owens and Kuykendall, 6-1. Maynetto and Joanna Nena Savva earned a 6-3 victory over Skylar Holloway and Ella Taylor to clinch the doubles point.
After suffering the losses in doubles, LSU used two, two-set victories to get out to a 2-1 lead. Ryann Foster made quick work of Nena Savva 6-2, 6-1 on court three to begin singles play. Foster improved to 13-0 for the spring and pushed her win streak to 15 matches.
Taylor pushed her win total to 10 for the spring and 78 for her career with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Greene on court six.
The Lady Tigers were out to a 2-1 lead and in control with first-set wins on three of the remaining four courts. Alabama mounted a comeback though and pushed the four remaining courts to a third set.
No. 38 Andie Daniell defeated Vale Costa 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 on the top court to even the match at 2-2. Vale Costa dropped to 10-3 on the dual season.
Owens made it 3-2 overall with her win on court five. After dropping the first set, the junior defeated Spielmann 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-3 to improve to 10-3 for the spring.
With Erin Routliffe nearing a triumph over freshman Jessica Golovin on court two, Kuykendall clinched the win for LSU.
"Everyone in the SEC is strong. We will have to be ready again on Saturday for a tough Auburn team," Sell added.
LSU travels to Auburn to take on the Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. No. 29 Auburn defeated No. 14 Texas A&M 4-2 Thursday to improve to 13-2 on the season.
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Tennis Match Results
March 3, 2016 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
(Roberta Alison Baumgardner Tennis Facility)
#9 LSU 4, #38 Alabama 3
1. #38 Andie Daniell (UA) def. #20 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Erin Routliffe (UA) def. #46 Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3
3. Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Joanna Nena Savva (UA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) def. Natalia Maynetto (UA) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
5. Abby Owens (LSU) def. Danielle Spielmann (UA) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-3
6. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Aryn Greene (UA) 6-3, 6-1
1. #20 Andie Daniell/Erin Routliffe (UA) vs. Joana Vale Costa/Ryann Foster (LSU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Aryn Greene/Danielle Spielmann (UA) def. Abby Owens/Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 6-1
3. Natalia Maynetto/Joanna Nena Savva (UA) def. Skylar Holloway/Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-3
LSU 12-3; National ranking #9
Alabama 4-5; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,1,5,4,2)