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, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy when not at LSU, 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.