BATON ROUGE — In her final regular season match at home, senior Skylar Kuykendall defeated Brittany Lindl to clinch the 16th-ranked LSU women’s tennis team’s 5-2 win over No. 75 Tennessee Sunday afternoon at the LSU Tennis Complex.
On Senior Day, Kuykendall clinched her fourth SEC match for LSU this season. Fellow senior Ella Taylor also captured the Lady Tigers’ third point of the afternoon on court five. The Hampshire, England native defeated Tiffany Tavares 6-3, 7-6 to improve to 15-10 for the spring and 6-6 in sec matches
“These two girls have been incredible for us,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “I was happy that they were able to clinch the third and fourth points. It is a poetic end for two players that have been instrumental in our rise to where we are now. Ella is the first player to come through with me all four years.”
With the victory, LSU moved to 17-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play. The Volunteers dropped to 8-14 and 1-10 in SEC play.
“Today I thought we started off a lot better. We lost doubles and it was not our best, but I thought our intent was good,” Sell said. In singles, we jumped out to some early leads right off the bat and pulled through. Tennessee is a really well-coached team. This was not an easy win today.”
Skylar Holloway and Kuykendall earned LSU’s lone doubles court win on three. The duo defeated Tavares and Margo Taylor, 6-3.
Down 1-0 heading into singles play, LSU went on to win the first set on four of six singles courts. No. 20 Joana Vale Costa earned the first point for LSU with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 57 Sadie Hammond on the top court.
Abby Owens extended her winning streak to six matches with a 6-2, 7-5 win on five over Ashley Bongart. Owens moved to 20-4 this spring and 11-1 in conference play. Owens is 29-7 for the 2015-16 season and looking to become the 16th player in school history to reach 30 wins in a single season.
With LSU up 2-1, Taylor’s win over Tavares helped LSU take control of the match and move it to 3-1 overall. The Volunteers captured their only singes point on court three over Ryann Foster.
After the Lady Tigers’ 17th win of the season already clinched, freshman Jessica Golovin was the lone player remaining. Golovin fought back after dropping the first set to win 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8).
LSU concludes the regular season on the road in College Station against Texas A&M. The Aggies are ranked 18th and coming off of a 5-2 loss at the hands of fourth-ranked Georgia.
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Tennis Match Results
#16 LSU 5, #75 Tennessee 2
April 10, 2016 at Baton Rouge, La.
(LSU Tennis Complex)
1. #20 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. #57 Sadie Hammond (UT-W) 6-1, 6-3
2. #59 Jessica Golovin (LSU) def. Eve Repic (UT-W) 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
3. Kim Kermet (UT-W) def. Ryann Foster (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) def. Brittany Lindl (UT-W) 7-6, 6-4
5. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Ashley Bongart (UT-W) 6-2, 7-5
6. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Tiffany Tavares (UT-W) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
1. #73 Eve Repic/Sadie Hammond (UT-W) def. Joana Vale Costa/Jessica Golovin (LSU) 6-2
2. Brittany Lindl/Kim Kermet (UT-W) def. Abigail Owens/Ryann Foster (LSU) 7-5
3. Skylar Kuykendall/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Tiffany Tavares/Margo Taylor (UT-W) 6-3
Tennessee 8-14, 1-10 SEC; National ranking #75
LSU 17-9, 6-6 SEC; National ranking #16
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,6,3,4,2)