Lady Topper tennis comes up short against Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After one of the biggest victories in the Jonatan Berhane era, WKU Tennis suffered a 4-2 road loss versus Indiana at the IU Tennis Center Sunday afternoon.

WKU (2-2) earned the first victory in doubles action as freshmen Lisa Friess and Monica Malinen pulled out a 6-4 victory at the No. 3 spot. The other two freshmen on the squad in Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest worked together at the No. 2 spot, but came up short to the Hoosiers’ duo of Paula Gutierrez and Pauline Jahren 7-6 (7-5). The final doubles match came down to the wire, but IU’s No. 1 pair outlasted seniors Andreanna Christopoulou and Elpida Malamou 6-3 as Indiana (4-2) picked up the doubles point.

The Lady Toppers evened the score with junior Violetta Shatalova clinching the singles No. 6 spot over Emma Love 6-4, 6-0. Malamou would also hold her own winning at the No. 1 spot by taking down another Power Five opponent’s No. 1 player in singles. The Greece native won 6-3, 6-4 versus Gutierrez totaling her win streak to 17 matches dating back to last year.

With the lead being 2-1, WKU ran out of gas as IU won the next three matches to claim the victory.

WKU will take the court again versus Belmont on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. CT inside the Wildwood Bubble in Nashville, Tennessee.

1. Elpida Malamou (WKU) def. Paula Gutierrez (IND) 6-3, 6-4
2. Caitlin Bernard (IND) def. Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Kim Schmider (IND) vs. Cindy Oest (WKU) 6-7 (8-10), 6-5, unfinished
4. Alicia Robinson (IND) def. Natalie De Ugarte (WKU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Pauline Jahren (IND) def. Monica Malinen (WKU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Violetta Shatalova (WKU) def. Emma Love (IND) 6-4, 6-0

1. Bernard/Schmider (IND) def. Christopoulou/Malamou (WKU) 6-3
2. Gutierrez/Jahren (IND) def. De Ugarte/Oest (WKU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Friess/Malinen (WKU) def. Love/Robinson (IND) 6-4

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