Lauren Herring and Ellen Perez, both from Georgia, showed great chemistry in defeating Jamie Loeb and Ingrid Neel in the USTA pro women’s tennis tournament Saturday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Complex at LSU.
This is the first time the tournament had an event at the new tennis stadium.
LSU co-head coach Michael Sell reflects said the tournament brings in high-level tennis to Baton Rouge community and provides the opportunity for recruits to experience the culture of the LSU campus. To bring these players in, Sell said, is very important to LSU’s program.
“The stadium has been around since August,” Sell said. “We wanted to build this new facility to show how important tennis is to the university and to the community. We know have one of the best facilities in the country, and it draws top recruits into our campus.”
Jennifer Elie defeated Raveena Kingsley, 17 years old and LSU’s No. 1 commitment, in the women’s singles semifinals.
“You have to credit Elie for playing a very smart and consistent high level match,” Sell said. “Raveena had a good run. Physically she may have felt something in her leg, but that doesn’t discredit Elie for how she played in the match.”
Elie was 79 percent on first serve points, winning 27 of 34, 89 percent of her service games (8-of-9).
Valeria Solovyeva defeated top seed Riko Sawayanagi, left because of cramps early in the match but came back to finish.
Solovyeva dominated in first serve points won (25-of-31).
Solovyeva and Elie will compete in the singles finals at 10 a.m. Sunday..