Florida tops LSU in women’s tennis

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The No. 15 LSU women’s tennis team pushed the sixth-ranked Florida women’s tennis team to a third set on four courts, and Abby Owens earned a ranked win in the Lady Tigers’ 6-1 loss to the Gators on Thursday at the Ring Tennis Complex.

Despite dropping the opening set, 6-2, Owens fought back to take the second and third set 6-2, 6-1 to defeat No. 82 Josie Kuhlman.

It marked Owens’ second top-100 victory of her career.

LSU dropped to 16-7 and 5-4 in conference play.

The Gators improved to 13-2 overall and 8-0 in conference.

“That was a battle tonight that had four singles matches go the distance and plenty of chances in doubles,” co-head coach Julia Sell said. “These girls played their hearts out and almost got to the finish line. We have another great opportunity against another top-eight team, and we will be ready for another battle Saturday.”

LSU is at No. 8 South Carolina at 11 a.m. Saturday.

LSU tennis team to take on South Carolina

The No. 44 LSU men’s tennis team (10-8, 2-5 SEC) is slated to face No. 59 South Carolina (10-10, 2-4) at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the LSU Tennis Complex.

“I really feel like the guys have done a great job of getting on track and overcoming some adversity and have themselves in a much better position,” coach Jeff Brown said. “They’re very excited about getting back on the court. Our seniors are really looking to represent them and each other.”

The Tigers took a 4-0 win over Brown on Tuesday to give them a two-match win streak after defeating SEC opponent Vanderbilt 5-2 Sunday in Nashville.

LSU track teams start strong at Texas Relays

AUSTIN, Texas — LSU’s Johnnie Jackson uncorked a personal best in the hammer throw and Chanice Chase, Ka’Lynn Jupiter and Kymber Payne each advanced to the women’s 400-meter hurdles final to lead the Tigers track and field teams in Thursday’s opener at the 89th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Jackson headlined the early field events with a top-five performance in program history with a throw of 217 feet, 1 inch.

Lady Tigers will occupy three of the nine lanes in the final of the women’s university 400-meter hurdles on Friday after Chase, Jupiter and Payne each advanced from Thursday’s qualifying round. Chase was a heat winner in the sixth section as she clocked 57.87 seconds for the fifth-fastest time of the day, while Jupiter finished just one one-hundredth off her personal best at 57.99 and Payne ran her season-opening 58.40 to each finish runner-up in their heats for sixth place and seventh place, respectively, in qualifying.