BATON ROUGE - Coach Katalin Gyulai isn't shy about testing her Louisiana Ragin' Cajun women's tennis team, as evidenced by the season opener at 1 p.m. today against LSU at "Dub" Robinson Stadium.

"We have a great schedule, one that will allow us to be ranked if we win," Gyulai said. "That's definitely our goal."

The Cajuns have only been practicing for three days, due largely to a late start to the spring semester, so host LSU will have the jump on the visitors.

The Tigers of coach Tony Minnis competed in last weekend's Michigan Invitational, facing Ga. Tech, California and host Michigan in the event. None of the Tigers won a match, but sophomore Anastasiya Dubova counted a pair of split-set decisions in her three defeats.

Minnis, a Baton Rouge native and former UL star, looks to seniors Marina Chiarelli, Camila Caliari, Daysi Espinal and Lauren Seamen for leadership.

The Cajuns' seniors are Celine VanWeydeveld and Thais Bortoletto, with an infusion of young talent ready to contribute.

"We have five returners and three freshmen," Gyulai said. "We have a good mix, socially and on the court. I think the freshmen have something to add.

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Bruce Brown