BATON ROUGE, La. — With all courts decided and into her third set, sophomore Ryann Foster defeated Tea Jandric 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on court four to clinch No. 15 LSU’s 4-3 win over No. 27 Ole Miss Friday evening at the LSU Tennis Complex.
The Lady Tigers improved to 13-4 and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play with the victory. The Rebels dropped to 8-2 and 1-2 in conference with the loss. Foster is now a perfect 14-0 in dual play this spring.
“Ryann went down 5-2 in the first set in some tough games,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “She clawed her way back in the first set and almost came back. She focused and new what the game plan was. She took the second set and then was on cruise control for the third.”
Ole Miss held a 3-1 lead with all in a third set on the remaining three courts. Junior Abby Owens started the rally with a win on court five. Owens defeated Zalina Khairudinova 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
No. 57 Jessica Golovin showed fight on court two to even the match at three. The freshman defeated No. 79 Natalie Suk 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
“Jessica has had several weeks of unbelievably tough matches. She has battled and been so close. I think today all of the tough losses really motivated her to get the win when she was up,” Julia Sell said.
To open the match, LSU dropped the doubles point. Foster and Owens evened the courts at 1-1 with a 6-3 win. After going down 2-5, Ella Taylor and Skylar Holloway pushed for a rally but ultimately fell 5-7.
Taylor opened singles play with a victory to even the match. The senior defeated Marija Milutinovic on court six 6-2, 6-1.
The Rebels followed by taking the next two courts and getting out to a 3-1 lead. LSU withstood the onslaught with the victories on courts five, two and four to seal the win.
“We’ve talked a lot about being a top-10 program. To stay there and compete against all these great SEC teams is tough,” Julia Sell added. Every match is a battle and it boils down to playing our game and swinging freely. I thought today we started relaxing more and going for our shots. It’s not perfect but it’s well on its way.”
The Lady Tigers return to play at 11 a.m. Sunday against Mississippi State. There will be a free kid’s clinch following Sunday’s match against the Bulldogs. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tennis Match Results
#15 LSU 4, #27 Ole Miss 3
Mar 11, 2016 at Baton Rouge, La.
(LSU Tennis Complex)
1. #49 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. #20 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
2. #57 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. #79 Natalie Suk (OM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
3. #62 Mai El Kamash (OM) def. Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 7-6, 6-3
4. Ryann Foster (LSU) def. #73 Tea Jandric (OM) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
5. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Zalina Khairudinova (OM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
6. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Marija Milutinovic (OM) 6-2, 6-1
1. #27 Mai El Kamash/Arianne Hartono (OM) def. Joana Vale Costa/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-2
2. Ryann Foster/Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Tea Jandric/Natalie Suk (OM) 6-3
3. Marija Milutinovic/Zalina Khairudinova (OM) def. Ella Taylor/Skylar Holloway (LSU) 7-5
Ole Miss 8-2, 1-2 SEC; National ranking #27
LSU 13-4, 2-1 SEC; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,3,1,5,2,4)
Match Played Indoors