Columbia, Missouri – The LSU women’s tennis team (5-12, 4-8 SEC) picked up its fourth SEC win of the season on Friday with a 4-2 win over Missouri (7-18, 2-10 SEC) at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.
“Phenomenal fight and effort to earn a tough road win on the host’s senior day,” LSU co-head coach Michael Sell said. “Very proud of the way Ena (Babic) played and Nina’s (Geissler) comeback in singles was impressive. We started off with tremendous momentum in doubles and having Mia (Rabinowitz) and Rania (Azziz) anchor the team in singles today was very comforting. This was a total team effort and gives us momentum heading into our last SEC match on Sunday.”
Taylor Bridges and Safiya Carrington took an early lead and only dropped one game en route to a 6-1 win over Bronte Murgett and Gabriela Martinez at the No. 1 doubles spot. The doubles point was clinched at the No. 2, where Rania Azziz and Ena Babic recovered from a slow start to come from behind and claim a 6-4 win at the No. 2 spot over Elys Ventura and Emelie Schwarte.
Missouri struck first and grabbed the first singles point of the afternoon after Murgett defeated doubles foe No. 83 Carrington by a score of 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 1 singles court.
LSU regained the lead after Babic put in a dominate display at the No. 3 spot. Babic only dropped two games per set to win by a score of 6-2, 6-2, and give the Bayou Bengals a 2-1 lead.
It became all even at 2-2 after Schwarte defeated Bridges in three sets. Schwarte claimed the first set by a score of 6-2 before Bridges equalized with a gritty 7-5 second set win and 6-0 in the third.
At the No. 2, Nina Geissler defeated Ellie Wright in three sets. Geissler rebounded from a 7-5 loss in the first set for a 6-3, 6-3 win for give the visiting Tigers a 3-2 lead.
LSU clinched the match at the No. 5 when Mia Rabinowitz won in straight sets over Martinez, 6-2, 6-1.
The final match of the regular season will pit LSU against Arkansas at noon CT on Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville.