Junior Klara Vyskocilova recorded her ninth singles win of the year with her victory at the top spot today.
Feb. 6, 2013
New Orleans - The 59th ranked Tulane women's team came up short in their upset bid over No. 46 LSU as the Green Wave and Tigers battled inclement weather before moving indoors to the Hilton River Center indoor courts where LSU prevailed 4-2 six and a half hours after the match began at 3:30 p.m. outdoors at the City Park Pepsi Center.
With the loss, Tulane drops to 2-2 in the year, while LSU improved to 4-0. The two state and regional rivals began the afternoon with doubles, but inclement weather in the New Orleans area in the midst of doubles forced the match indoors downtown.
"This was a great match today and one that literally came down to a handful of points," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Unfortunately for us, the points didn't work out in our favor. Credit LSU. They played hard and kept taking chances. I am proud of the fight we showed today even when things started going south. I've said it before and I will say it again, the only thing keeping us from really reaching that next level is belief that we can beat teams that on paper we aren't supposed to beat. We are an incredibly talented team that fights but when our back is in a corner we have to know we can do it. When that happens for us, we are quite a dangerous program."
LSU's No. 3 duo of Caroline Hudson and Kaitlin Burns downed TU's tandem of seniors Caroline Magnusson and Hila Elster, 8-4, but the Wave rebounded with a win at the No. 2 spot with junior Jenny Hois and senior Emma Levy's, 8-5, win over LSU's Ebie Wilson and Keri Frankenberger.
The battle for the all-important doubles point came down to the top spot, where the Tiger tandem of Ariel Morton and Mary Jeremiah outlasted TU's team of junior Klara Vyskocilova and freshman Ipek Birol, 8-7.
As the teams moved into singles action and LSU holding on to a 1-0 advantage, No. 118 Vyskocilova knotted the affair with her, 6-1, 7-6 (3), victory over Jeremiah at the top spot. However, the Tigers reeled off three wins to secure the win. LSU rolled with wins at the No. 2-4 positions, while Magnusson kept the Wave close with her win victory over Caroline Hudson, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5 but it wasn't enough.
The Green Wave returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 against its second straight Southeastern Conference opponent, Kentucky, at 9 a.m. at the City Park Pepsi Center.
No. 1 Ariel Morton/Mary Jeremiah (LSU) def. def. Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN), 8-7 (4)
No. 2 Jenny Hois/Emma Levy (TLN) def. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU), 8-5
No. 3 Caroline Hudson/Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Caroline Magnusson/Hila Elster (TLN), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU), 6-1, 7-6 (3)
No. 2 Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Emma Levy (TLN), 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
No. 3 Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Jenny Hois (TLN), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 6-1
No. 4 Ariel Morton (LSU) def. Ipek Birol (TLN), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Caroline Magnusson (TLN) def. Caroline Hudson (LSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 Hila Elster (TLN) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU), 6-5, DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2,4,3,5