AUBURN, Ala. — Freshman Jessica Golovin won two matches Sunday to move on to the final of the singles draw, and Skylar Kuykendall and Abby Owens won a three-set thriller to advance to the final of the doubles draw at the ITA Southern Regional at the Yarbrough Tennis Center.
Golovin won her morning match 6-0, 7-6 (4) over Auburn’s Pleun Burgmans. In the semifinal, Golovin defeated teammate Joana Vale Costa 6-2, 6-4. Golovin will face Auburn’s Andie Dikosavljevic on Monday.
In doubles, Kuykendall and Owens defeated Ole Miss’ team of Mai El Kamash and Arianne Hartono 4-6, 7-5, 1-0. LSU will face off against Andie Daniell and Erin Routliffe of Alabama on Monday. Daniell and Routliffe advanced to the final after defeating Lady Tigers’ Vale Costa and Ryann Foster 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal.
Burns matches career low: In Alpharetta, Georgia, LSU freshman Sam Burns shot a bogey-free round of 4-under par 68 during Sunday’s final round at the U.S. Collegiate Championship to match the lowest round of his career and help move the Tigers up one spot to 11th place in the final standings at the Country Club of Georgia.
Burns had birdies on three of his first seven holes, then carded 10 straight pars before holing out with a birdie at the par-5 18th to tie for 25th place at 2-over 218.
The Tigers shot 14-over 878 for 54 holes.
Zach Wright led LSU at even-par 216, tied for 18th. Brandon Pierce tied for 31st at 219, Eric Ricards shot 226 to tie for 60th, and Blake Caldwell tied for 85th at 233.
Auburn erased a one-shot deficit to Wake Forest at the start of the round with a team score of 3-under 285 as the Tigers and Demon Deacons shared the team title at 9-under par 855.
In the individual race, Virginia’s defending champion Derek Bard, Auburn’s Will Long, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Wake Forest’s Cameron Young shared the first place trophy with final 54-hole scores of 6-under par 210.
Alabama 3, LSU 2: The Crimson Tide finished strong in the fifth set to win a see-saw 18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 15-4 volleyball match over LSU in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Tigers fall to 8-10, 4-3 Southeastern Conference. Alabama is 9-11, 3-3.
“We absolutely lost our offense. The fact that they caught a groove offensively, all of our focus and our mental energy went to trying to stop them,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “We didn’t realize that we needed to go kill-for-kill and trade kills with them. ”
The Tigers were led by sophomore outside hitter Gina Tillis, who hit .268 with 19 kills, five digs and three blocks. Toni Rodriguez had 15 kills and hit .333. Cati Leak added 11 kills and 13 digs.
Cheyenne Wood had 26 assists and Lindsay Flory had 20 assists. Katie Lindelow had 18 digs.
“I think we started focusing on one thing instead of focusing on ourselves and playing as a team,” Tillis said. “Next time, we need to make sure we are playing as a team and not focusing on one certain play on defense or offense.”
Alabama’s Krystal Rivers and Kat Hutson combined for 42 of the Crimson Tide’s 70 kills. Rivers added 13 digs.
Sierra Wilson led the match with 63 assists, adding five digs and three kills. Natalie Murison had 23 digs.
LSU travels to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Reed Arena. The match will be televised live on the SEC Network.
LSU falls in regional: In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, LSU lost its two matches on the final day of the ITA Southern Regional.
Alabama’s doubles team of Korey Lovett and Becker O’Shaughnessey beat the Tigers’ Justin Butsch and Tam Trinh 6-1, 6-7 (6), 10-6 in the doubles main draw semifinals.
“Today in doubles despite not playing our best, we played well in the second set,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “Alabama played a nice ten-point tiebreaker to win it but Tam and Justin got some good experience playing together.”
In the singles consolation bracket, Niclas Braun of Mississippi State defeated LSU’s Gabor Csonka 7-6 (2), 6-2.
The Tigers host the LSU invitational in the new LSU Tennis Facility on Nov. 5-8.