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February 10, 2013
The LSU women’s tennis team travels plays its first road match of the season as it takes on Tulane at the City Park Pepsi Center at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We have seen Tulane a lot already this year at various fall tournaments, and I have been really impressed with their roster,” LSU coach Julia S. Sell said about the 2-1 Wave. “They have a good combination of talent and aggressive competitors.
“Their coach has done an excellent job of rebuilding the program after Hurricane Katrina, and I think this is one of the best Tulane teams ever.”
The 3-0 Lady Tigers’ are coming off a 4-3 home win against SMU on Saturday. Ariel Morton played a key role in LSU’s win, as she went 2-0, winning her debut match at No. 1 doubles with Mary Jeremiah and notching a third-set singles win that gave momentum to the courts still in play.
Freshman Caroline Hudson followed Morton’s point and tied the match 3-3, and senior Ebie Wilson triumphed in a third-set battle that clinched the match for LSU, ranked No. 46 nationally.
Tulane, ranked No. 59 nationally, has won back-to-back matches, including a 4-3 win at home over Conference USA rival SMU on Friday and a 4-1 win over Akron in its second match of the season.
Tulane’s lone loss was to No. 67 UC Irvine 4-1 in the season opener at the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
“Wednesday’s match against LSU is always fun but quite competitive,” Tulane coach Terri Sisk said. “These rivalries are what define collegiate tennis with the excitement that comes with every point. I know this will definitely be another challenge for us as LSU is a solid team but with that being said, we are very capable of being victorious in this test as the girls have been working hard this year and are just ready to compete and play for their fans.”
In singles, senior Emma Levy (9-5) and freshman Jacqui Katz (9-2) lead Tulane in victories, while junior Klara Vyskocilova is 8-3.