The Lady Tigers (17-9, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) and Commodores (16-6, 11-2) started with singles play as rain caused numerous delays. Vanderbilt took wins on courts two, six and five to start the match and get out to a 3-0 lead.
“It was a poetic ending for the final match at the Dub with the all the weather delays,” LSU coach Julia Sell said. “I thought we started out slow on a few of our courts and then turned it around. We were almost able to push it to doubles and I’m not sure it gets closer than this. We’ve played a lot of top teams tight and we have to play a few of those crucial points a little better to turn it into a win.”
Vale Costa earned the lone point for LSU with the top-10 win. It was the highest-ranked win for an LSU player since Megan Falcon defeated No.1 Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas in 2008.
The Lady Tigers return to action Thursday at the SEC tournament in Columbia, South Carolina. LSU will be the sixth seed and will face the winner of the No. 11/14 match.
#8 Vanderbilt 5, #27 LSU 1
Singles: 1. #35 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. #7 Sydney Campbell 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; 2. #44 Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt) def. #76 Skylar Kuykendall 6-0, 6-3; 3. Frances Altick (Vanderbilt) def. Abby Owens 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3; 4. #80 Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) def. Noel Scott 5-7, 6-3, 6-3; 5. #88 Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) def. Ella Taylor 6-3, 6-4; 6. Ashleigh Antal (Vanderbilt) def. Skylar Holloway 6-3, 7-5
Doubles: 1. #16 Courtney Colton/Sydney Campbell (Vanderbilt) vs. #50 Joana Vale Costa/Noel Scott, no result;
2. #15 Astra Sharma/Ashleigh Antal (Vandebilt) vs. Abigail Owens/Skylar Kuykendall, no result; 3. Frances Altick/Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) vs. Skylar Holloway/Amanda Atanasson, no result
Mississippi State defeats LSU in men’s tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 24 LSU men’s tennis team fell in a close match to No. 20 Mississippi State on Sunday 4-2.
The Tigers (16-7, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) dropped their fourth consecutive doubles point before sophomore Justin Butsch and junior Boris Arias won their matches in straight sets to give LSU a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs (18-6, 9-3) eventually clinched the match on court six.
“This was a close match, and I was a little disappointed that we lost a winnable doubles point,” coach Jeff Brown said.
LSU now awaits the conclusion of conference play for its SEC tournament match up to be set.
#20 Mississippi State 4, #24 LSU 2
Singles: 1. #73 Florian Lakat (MSU) def #121 Chris Simpson 6-1, 7-5; 2. #74 Jordan Daigle (LSU) unfinished Juan Cruz Estevarena 6-3, 3-6, 5-5; 3. Boris Arias (LSU) def. #96 Mate Cutura 6-4, 6-4; 4. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Andrew Korinek 6-2, 1-6, 6-1; 5. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Tassilo Schmid 6-2, 6-4; 6. Julian Cash (MSU) def. Simon Freund 2-6, 6-3, 6-7(5-7)
Doubles: 1. #15 Julian Cash/Florian Lakat (MSU) def. No. 23 Boris Arias/Jordan Daigle 6-4; 2. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) unfinished Juan Cruz Estevarena/Robin Haden 5-3; 3.Mate Cutura/Tassilo Schmid (MSU) def. Simon Freund/Tam Trinh 6-4