Lady Toppers tennis beats Austin Peay, 5-2

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — With getting two weeks off, the Lady Toppers’ Tennis squad came back full-swing defeating Austin Peay, 5-2, inside the Governors Tennis Center Friday evening.

The victory over Austin Peay (2-3) marks the second time in the Jonatan Berhane era that WKU (6-2) has won four straight matches.

WKU began Friday’s match once again winning the doubles point, its sixth time this spring. At the No. 1 spot, the pair of Lisa Friess and Andreanna Christopoulou took down the Governors’ sister-duo of Lidia and Claudia Yanes Garcia, 6-3. WKU would win by the same score at the No. 2 spot as the freshman twosome of Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest won their fourth-straight match when working together to clinch it.

After claiming the doubles point, senior Elpida Malamou at the top spot showed some resiliency by losing 5-7 in the first set and mounting a 6-4, 6-0 comeback to push her singles winning streak, dating back to last year, to 20 matches. The Governors would answer, though, with Claudia Yanes Garcia defeating Christopoulou 6-1, 7-6 and Helena Kupping beating Cindy Oest 6-1, 6-2 to tie the match, 2-2.

Monica Malinen battled and won at the No. 4 spot 6-2, 6-2 to give the Lady Toppers an edge and Violetta Shatalova followed suit with a 6-4, 6-1 win to preserve the victory.

WKU will be back in action on Monday as the Lady Toppers take on Ball State (8-2) in a neutral site tilt at 1 p.m. CT at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

1. Elpida Malamou (WKU) def. Lidia Yanes Garcia (APSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
2. Claudia Yanes Garcia (APSU) def. Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) 6-1, 7-6
3. Helena Kuppig (APSU) def. Cindy Oest (WKU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Monica Malinen (WKU) def. Ana Albertson (APSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Violetta Shatalova (WKU) def. Brittney Covington (APSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Lisa Friess (WKU) def. No player (APSU), by default

1. Friess/Christopoulou (WKU) def. L. Yanes Garcia/C. Yanes Garcia (APSU) 6-3
2. De Ugarte/Oest (WKU) def. Kuppig/Albertson (APSU) 6-3
3. Malinen/Malamou (WKU) vs. No players (APSU) no result

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