LEXINGTON, Ky. — One throw was all it took for LSU senior Tori Bliss to spin into history as she turned and unleashed a throw of 60 feet, 1 inch on her first attempt of the women’s shot put competition to smash the SEC indoor championships meet record and capture her first career SEC title in the event in Friday’s opener at the Nutter Field House.
Bliss stepped into the circle as the clear favorite to take the title with an SEC-leading and school-record throw of 57-4¾ set Jan. 24.
Her winning streak appeared under threat when Missouri’s Jill Rushin opened with a monster throw of 56-11 ½ early in the first round of the second flight to set a seasonal best of her own. Bliss responded in a big way, taking control of the competition when she uncorked the shot with a mark of 60-1 into the Nutter Field House infield to grab the top spot and lock up her first career SEC title in the event.
It was a throw that shattered the 5-year-old SEC Indoor meet record of 59-4 ¼ posted by Florida’s Mariam Kevkhishvili in 2010 and made Bliss the No. 7 women’s shot putter indoors in collegiate history.
TIGERS TAKE SEC OPENER: The No. 31 LSU men’s tennis team earned its sixth sweep of the season when it defeated No. 56 Tennessee 4-0 on Friday in the teams’ first Southeastern Conference match of the season.
It was the first victorious SEC opener for LSU (10-1, 1-0) since its 5-2 win over South Carolina in the 2009-10 season. The Tigers used a familiar formula by winning the doubles point despite the Volunteers’ (8-5, 0-1) 22-8 record in dual doubles play.
Junior Tam Trinh and sophomore Eric Perez won on Court 2 for LSU, while senior Chris Simpson and junior Justin Butsch clinched the doubles point on Court 3.
LSU is undefeated this season when clinching the doubles point, and Friday’s point was the team’s 10th of the season. In singles, junior Tam Trinh clinched the match for LSU with his 7-5, 6-2 win on Court 3.
LSU hosts Kentucky at 1 p.m. Sunday.
LADY TIGERS FALL: In Athens, Georgia, LSU’s Skylar Holloway defeated No. 111 Caroline Brinson, but the Lady Tigers fell to No. 2 Georgia 6-1 in the teams’ SEC opener.
LSU fell to 8-4, while the Bulldogs improved to 8-3.
Holloway took her first set 7-5 and dropped the second 6-1. The match was pushed to a third-set super tiebreak, and the sophomore won 12-10.
Silvia Garcia earned the first singles point for Georgia by defeating Skylar Kuykendall 6-3, 6-1. Noel Scott also fell 6-2, 6-1 to No. 74 Ellen Perez.
Mariana Gould clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Abby Owens.
LSU visits Tennessee at 11 a.m. Sunday.