Starkville, Miss. – The LSU women’s tennis team (2-7, 1-3 SEC) claimed their first SEC win of the season as they defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-7, 0-4 SEC) 4-1 on Sunday.
“Herculean effort and resilience by the Tigers to get a quality road win,” LSU co-head coach Michael Sell said. “We have been through so much adversity this season, but this team is one of the toughest I’ve ever coached. We’ve preached about how deep in quality our team is, but Nina (Geissler) and Safiya (Carrington) played high level tennis at the top of our lineup, and they led the line for us today.”
“Taylor (Bridges) showed how physical and tough she is to come from behind a set to clinch the match in dominant style. Our doubles performance in both matches this weekend shows how much progress we have made and the momentum it gives us going into singles. We need to use this win to build our momentum heading into Friday’s home match, but overall, we’re so proud of the desire and determination this team showed.”
Ena Babic and Maggie Cubitt were the first off the doubles court as they claimed a 6-3 win over Emma Antonaki and Marta Falceto at the No. 2 doubles spot.
The Tigers clinched the doubles point for the second consecutive match when the tandem of Nina Geissler and Mia Rabinowitz defeated Magda Adaloglou and Alessia Tagliente by a score of 6-3 at the No. 3.
Mississippi State grabbed the first singles point and made it 1-1 at the No. 6 singles, where Tagliente defeated Rania Azziz 6-0 in the first set before Azziz retired due to injury.
LSU reclaimed the lead after Nina Geissler defeated doubles foe Adaloglou in straight sets at the No. 2 singles. She edged Adaloglou in a back and forth first set by a score of 7-5 before dominating the second with a 6-0 score to get her second SEC singles win of the season.
Safiya Carrington claimed her first SEC win of the season at the No. 1 spot to make it 3-1 after defeating No. 94 Antonaki in three sets. She claimed the first set by a score of 6-3 before Antonaki responded with a strong 6-1 win of her own in the second set to force a third.
Carrington recovered from her second set defeat and emphatically defeated Antonaki by a score of 6-0 to secure her first ranked win of the season.
The match was clinched at the No. 4, where Taylor Bridges completed a come-from-behind effort over Chloe Cirotte. Cirotte started well and won the first set 6-2, but momentum quickly flipped as Bridges overcame a 6-2 loss in the first set with a 6-2 win in the second set before maintaining control in the third set for a 6-2 win. It was her fifth singles win of the year.
The Tigers return to the LSU Tennis Complex as they host Kentucky at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, March 18th.
LSU 4, #64 Mississippi State 1
- Safiya Carrington (LSU) def. #94 Emma Antonaki (MS) 6-3, 1-6, 6-0
- Nina Geissler (LSU) def. Magda Adaloglou (MS) 7-5, 6-0
- #116 Tamara Racine (MS) vs. #89 Ena Babic (LSU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-2, unfinished
- Taylor Bridges (LSU) def. Chloe Cirotte (MS) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
- Alexandra Mikhailuk (MS) vs. Mia Rabinowitz (LSU) 6-2, 4-6, 3-1, unfinished
- Alessia Tagliente (MS) def. Rania Azziz (LSU) 6-0, retired
- Chloe Cirotte/Tamara Racine (MS) vs. Taylor Bridges/Safiya Carrington (LSU) 4-5, unfinished
- Ena Babic/Maggie Cubitt (LSU) def. Emma Antonaki/Marta Falceto (MS) 6-3
- Nina Geissler/Mia Rabinowitz (LSU) def. Magda Adaloglou/Alessia Tagliente (MS) 6-3