LSU’s redshirt freshman Anastasiya Komar overcome a first-set deficit to capture the 2022 ITA Women’s Southern Regional Tuesday with consecutive 6-1, 6-1 wins over Ole Miss’ Lillian Gabrielsen at the LSU Tennis Complex.
Komar became the first player from LSU to win the singles draw since 2019, when Taylor Bridges defeated her teammate, Paris Corley. As the regional champion, she qualifies for the singles competition of the ITA Fall National Championship set to take place between November 2nd to November 6th at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California.
“Credit to Nas (Komar) for finishing strong and grabbing the singles title,” LSU women’s tennis coach Taylor Fogleman said. “She’s played at a high level all fall and it’s shown with her strong wins. She faced some tough opposition throughout the tournament but never backed down. To be the regional champion in singles and doubles is an incredible feat.
“As a team, we’re proud of how everyone competed in singles throughout the week. It was great to see our work this fall pay off. We still have only scratched the surface of what this team is capable of, and we’re excited to continue growing as a team. We’ll rest now and get ready for our tournament next week and begin preparations for our regional finalists to compete in the fall national championship in a few weeks.”
Gabrielsen fended off a late charge for a 7-6 win in the opening set before Komar stormed back with consecutive 6-1 wins, only one game in the third and deciding set.