Lady Topper tennis beats ASU 5-2, wins third straight

LEXINGTON, Ky. — WKU Tennis picked up where it left off last weekend as the Lady Toppers won their third straight match defeating Arkansas State, 5-2, inside the Lexington Tennis Club Friday afternoon.

The victory marks the first time WKU has started 5-2 since the 2009-10 campaign and head coach Jonatan Berhane moves to 2-0 all-time against the Red Wolves (0-6).

WKU began Friday’s match by winning the doubles point. The freshmen duo of Cindy Oest and Natalia De Ugarte competed against ASU’s Victoria Pisani and Sabina Jeresic at the No. 2 spot winning comfortably, 6-2. Elpida Malamou and Monica Malinen followed by taking down ASU’s No. 2 pair by the same score to clinch the doubles point.

After claiming the doubles point, Malamou earned her sixth singles win of the season by beating Jeresic 6-0, 6-4 to improve her winning streak to 19 matches. Freshman Cindy Oest battled in her first set winning 7-5, then followed it up by a 6-1 victory over ASU’s Shannon O’Brien. Former October Conference USA Player of the Month Natalia De Ugarte won handily at the No. 5 spot, 6-1, 6-2 to claim the Lady Topper victory.

All of the remaining matches were played out with freshman Lisa Friess outlasting ASU’s Allison Quammen 7-6, 6-0, and Andreanna Christopoulou and Moninca Malinen dropping their sets.

WKU will be back in action on its home court for the first time this season on March 3 as the Lady Toppers will take on Austin Peay at 2 p.m. CT at the WKU Tennis Complex.

1. Julie Gauguery (ASU) def. Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Elpida Malamou (WKU) def. Sabina Jeresic (ASU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Cindy Oest (WKU) def. Shannon O’Brien (ASU) 7-5, 6-1
4. Victoria Pisani (ASU) def. Monica Malinen (WKU) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
5. Natalia De Ugarte (WKU) def. Tori Roberts (ASU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Lisa Friess (WKU) def. Allison Quammen (ASU) 7-6, 6-0

1. Christopoulou/Friess (WKU) vs. Gauguery/O’Brien (ASU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Oest/De Ugarte (WKU) def. Pisani/Jeresic (ASU) 6-2
3. Malamou/Malinen (WKU) def. Roberts/Quammen (ASU) 6-2

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