TAMPA, JAN. 24, 2014 – The 59th ranked USF women’s tennis team fell at the hands of No. 65 LSU 4-1 in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off weekend held at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Miami.
Vera Bessonova picked up the Bulls lone point as she took down Abigail Owens 6-4, 6-1 in the fifth singles spot.
LSU claimed the doubles point after winning at first and third doubles. Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Fanny Fracassi defeated the duo of Ella Taylor and Ariel Morton at second doubles, 6-2.
USF will now take on No. 72 Ohio State in a consolation match tomorrow morning at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. LSU will square-off with No. 9 Miami with the winner advancing to the ITA National Team Indoors Championships.
No. 1 - Joana Vale Costa/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Kayla Rizzolo/Loreto Alonso (USF) 6-4
No. 2 - Olaya Garrido-Rivas/Fanny Fracassi (USF) def. Ella Taylor/Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-2
No. 3 - Gabriel Otero/Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Vera Bessonova/Olga Martinez (USF) 6-1
No. 1 - Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Kayla Rizzolo (USF) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 - Noel Scott (LSU) def. Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 3 - Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Fanny Fracassi (USF) no result
No. 4 - Gabriel Otero (LSU) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 - Vera Bessonova (USF) def. Abigail Owens (LSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 - Olga Martinez (USF) vs. Skylar Holloway (LSU) no result