Lady Toppers fall to East Tenn. State, 4-1

BOWLING GREEN, Ky­. — In its final home match of the regular season, WKU Tennis fell
to East Tennessee State by a score of 4-1 Thursday afternoon at the WKU Tennis

The Lady Toppers finish the regular season with an 11-5 overall record, which is the
best winning percentage on The Hill since the 2000-01 campaign.

ETSU came out strong in doubles to take an early 1-0 lead. WKU’s Natalia De Ugarte
and Cindy Oest faced Alory Pereira and Yu Chi Ma on court two and were defeated,
6-3, to finish their record when working together to 11-5. To claim the doubles
point, the Bucs’ No. 1 duo knocked off Andreanna Christopoulou and Lisa Friess, 6-3.

After capturing the point in doubles, ETSU picked up where it left off winning on
courts two and three in singles, before junior Violetta Shatalova picked up her
ninth-straight win of the season defeating Jayde Viccars 6-1, 6-2 on court six. The
Bucs would respond, though, by winning on court five to claim the victory, 4-1.

Seniors Andreanna Christopoulou and Elpida Malamou were recognized before singles
action to celebrate Senior Day. The Greece tandem racked up 66 wins combined during
their time on The Hill.

WKU will return to action on April 20 to play in the C-USA Championship, hosted by
North Texas in Denton. Seedings and times for the tournament will be announced on

1. Elpida Malamou (WKU) vs. Marina Espana (ETSU) 6-3, 0-6, 1-2, unfinished
2. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Monica Malinen (WKU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alory Pereira (ETSU) def. Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Natalia De Ugarte (WKU) vs. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
5. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Cindy Oest (WKU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Violetta Shatalova (WKU) def. Jayde Viccars (ETSU) 6-1, 6-2

1. Espana/Markesini (ETSU) def. Christopoulou/Friess (WKU) 6-3
2. Pereira/Ma (ETSU) def. Oest/De Ugarte (WKU) 6-3
3. Malamou/Malinen (WKU) vs. Viccars/Esguerra (ETSU) 5-4, unfinished

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