May 25, 2016
TULSA, Okla. – With a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over No. 62 Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Fresno St, LSU women’s tennis freshman Jessica Golovin became the fourth player in school history to advance to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships.
Golovin’s became just the second freshman in school history to earn a first round win after her victory over Ahmed. She joined Suzana Rodrigues (1994) as the only freshmen to reach the round of 32.
“Jessica fought through some tough, windy conditions to gut out a win against a tricky opponent,” co-head coach Michael Sell said. “I’m proud that she remained in control of the match even during momentum shifts. Jessica sustained great energy throughout the match and willed herself to victory.”
The New York native will take on eight-seeded Sinead Lohan of Miami in the second round. Lohan is 26-1 overall this season and 24-1 in dual play. The sophomore is on a 22-match win streak and holds a record of 14-1 against nationally ranked opponents.
Junior Joana Vale Costa’s run at the singles championships came to a close with a 6-1, 4-6, 3-6 loss to No. 11 Ronit Yorovsky of Michigan. With the loss, Vale Costa finished the season with a 21-15 overall record, which included 19 matches against ranked opponents.
“Joana sustained a high level for most of the match, but she just ran into a tough opponent today,” Sell said. “If Joana can continue her hard work and determination, she is going to have a tremendous senior year. I’m proud of how she has improved and matured throughout the season.”
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