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Lady Topper tennis tops Butler, 7-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coming off an impressive spring break trip in California, the Lady Toppers’ Tennis squad earned their second-straight sweep, defeating Butler, 7-0, in a neutral site tilt at the Whitworth Racquet Club Saturday afternoon.

WKU (9-4) played flawless winning all singles and doubles matchups in straight sets against the Bulldogs (4-12).

Seniors Andreanna Christopoulou and Elpida Malamou set the tone in doubles winning, 6-2, over Butler’s Bailey Padgett and Rachel Sutton. At the No. 2 spot, freshmen Cindy Oest and Natalia De Ugarte won their third consecutive match when working together, 6-3. By the same score, Monica Malinen and Violetta Shatalova earned their fourth win as a duo over the Bulldogs on court three.

After securing the doubles point, Lisa Friess got things going at the No. 6 spot winning convincingly 6-0, 6-0. Friess, who slid in the singles lineup for the first time in over a month (Arkansas State, Feb. 17), is now a perfect 4-0 on the year. De Ugarte won her fourth-straight match knocking off Nina Bertino 6-0, 6-1. Christopoulou won on court two by the same score as well to clinch it.

The remaining matches were played out as Oest, Malinen and Malamou claimed victories. Malamou is now a perfect 12-0 and has won 26 matches in a row, dating back to last spring.

WKU will host its first home match this spring on March 24 at noon versus Evansville at the WKU Tennis Complex in its next battle. The Lady Toppers are a perfect 5-0 all-time at the complex, which was built in 2014.

Singles
1. Elpida Malamou (WKU) def. Bailey Padgett (BUT) 7-5, 6-1
2. Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) def. Rachel Sutton (BUT) 6-0, 6-1
3. Monica Malinen (WKU) def. Jocelyn Koester (BUT) 6-2, 6-0
4. Cindy Oest (WKU) def. Kailey Eaton (BUT) 6-0, 6-3
5. Natalia De Ugarte (WKU) def. Nina Bertino (BUT) 6-0, 6-1
6. Lisa Friess (WKU) def. Carla O’Byrne (BUT) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
1. Christopoulou/Malamou (WKU) def. Padgett/Sutton (BUT) 6-2
2. Oest/De Ugarte (WKU) def. Minnick/Koester (BUT) 6-3
3. Malinen/Shatalova (WKU) def. Eaton/O’Byrne (BUT) 6-3

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