Feb. 22, 2015
The 36th ranked Rice women's tennis team fought of match points on adjacent doubles courts and then used the momentum from capturing the first point of the day to race to a 6-1 win over No. 44 LSU at Dub Robinson Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday.
The win snapped a seven-match losing streak over ranked opponents for the Owls that dated back to their 4-0 win over No. 67 Denver in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Championships and a six-match losing streak on the road.
"Really proud of the total team effort that we had today," Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. "We had a lot of heart, grit and fight out there across the board from start to finish."
After LSU took a 6-3 win at #1 doubles, the Tigers moved to identical 5-4 leads at both #2 and #3 and were simultaneously serving for the final point to give them a 1-0 lead. However the Owls fought off the clinching points and went on to win the last three games on both courts to take a 1-0 lead.
They carried that momentum over to singles, taking first sets on four of six courts and three of those moved on to straight set wins to secure the victory.
Katherine Ip and Natalie Beazant move Rice into position to clinch with wins at the first two slots in the lineup, setting up Solomiya Zinko to deliver the clinch point with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Skylar Holloway.
The Owls will return home to host Texas State on Saturday at noon at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
Rice vs LSU
2/22/2015 at Baton Rouge, La.
(Dub Robinson Stadium)
#36 Rice 6, #44 LSU 1
1. #32 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. #29 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Katherine Ip (RICE) def. Noel Scott (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
3. #87 Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) def. Lindsey Hodge (RICE) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Savannah Durkin (RICE) def. Abigail Owens (LSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Alison Ho (RICE) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
6. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
1. Joana Vale Costa/Noel Scott (LSU) def. Natalie Beazant/Katherine Ip (RICE) 6-3
2. Lindsey Hodge/Alison Ho (RICE) def. #60 Abigail Owens/Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) 7-5
3. Savannah Durkin/Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Ella Taylor/Skylar Holloway (LSU) 7-5
Rice 3-6; National ranking #36
LSU 8-3; National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,6,4,3,5)
Kuykendall won the third set super tiebreaker 10-5