Fayetteville, Ark. – In an SEC Tournament second-round match that began at 8:20 p.m. CT Thursday night and ended at 12:20 a.m. CT early Friday morning, the No. 10 LSU women’s tennis team (13-9) fought from behind to defeat No. 7 seeded Arkansas (12-11) 4-3 at Billingsley Tennis Center.
Thoughts from Taylor “What a college tennis game!” said head coach Taylor Fogleman. “So incredibly happy and proud of the ladies for their efforts tonight. We definitely feel for Arkansas, we’ve been there many times this year. Tucker (Clary) and his team are doing a tremendous job.”
“Our team showed courage and determination tonight and that’s something we won’t forget for a while. Next round, Geaux Tigers!”
Doubles Results The game between Arkansas and LSU was the fourth and final of the day and was originally scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. CT, but previous games have run late and delayed start times. That meant LSU and Arkansas took to the courts for a doubles start at 8:20 p.m. CT, nearly two and a half hours after its original time.
Carolina Gomez and Kelly Keller were the first pair to leave the doubles court after beating Nina Geissler and Mia Rabinowitz 6-1 on the No. 3 doubles court.
The Razorbacks clinched the doubles point in second place, where Lenka Stara and Grace O’Donnell narrowly beat the sister duo of Noor and Safiya Carrington, 6-4.
Singles Results Arkansas struck first in singles as Morgan Cross beat Rabinowitz on the No. 5 court 6-3, 6-2.
LSU’s first points of the night came in fourth place, where Geissler earned a straight-set victory over Stara. Geissler won the first set by a score of 6-3 before avoiding a comeback attempt in the second set by Stara to win 6-4 and make it 2-1 in the tag team match.
The Razorbacks extended their lead to 3-1 after No. 85 Keller beat No. 33 Kylie Collins in a ranked battle on the No. 2 court. The two faced off in a tight first set, but Keller l narrowly edged out 6-4. The second set saw Collins take an early lead, but Keller rallied and took another 6-4 win to secure the win.
The Tigers cut the deficit to 3-2 on the night after No. 14 Anastasiya Komar beat No. 41 Gomez in three sets on the top court. Gomez won the first set 6-2 before Komar came to life in the second set, only losing the match in a 6-1 victory to extend the match into a third set. In the third set, Komar kept her foot on the gas and lost just two games as she won 6-2 to keep the Tigers in the game.
The game went 3-3 after Safiya Carrington came from behind to defeat Indianna Spink in third place. Spink edged Carrington in the first set, 6-4, before Carrington responded by shutting out the Razorback in the second set, 6-0, to extend the match. Carrington built the momentum in the third set, where she took an early lead en route to a 6-3 win that tied the game.
In a singles match that lasted over three hours, rookie Nikita Vishwase won the game for the Tigers with a three-set victory over Kacie Harvey on the No. 6 court in a match that went the distance. The first set saw the players trade games back and forth until a tiebreaker was decided at 6-6, which Harvey won by a 7-3 margin. The second set was the same story between the two, tied 6-6 after 12 games and needing a tiebreaker to decide it. In that tiebreaker, Vishwase emerged victorious, 10-8, to force a third set to decide the match. The third set was yet another where no player could retire, split at 6-6 after 12 games and requiring a final tiebreaker. Vishwase outlasted her opponent in the tiebreaker, including fending off a match point when she was leading 8-7, to win by an 11-9 margin and secure the Tigers’ place in the quarter-finals.
LSU takes on No. 2 seed Georgia at 6:00 p.m. Friday night in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.