VIDEO: WKU tennis set to play Austin Peay, Ball State

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — For the first time in 13 days, WKU Tennis will get back to action as the Lady Toppers will face Austin Peay on Friday at 2 p.m. CT inside the Governors Tennis Center in Clarksville, Tenn. Three days later, WKU will make a trip down to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for a neutral site tilt with Ball State at 1 p.m. at the Adams Tennis Center.

The schedule had originally called for the Austin Peay match to be hosted by WKU, but due to cold weather conditions expected on Friday, the Governors will now host – marking their seventh straight time doing so against the Tops.

Schedule of Play (all times CT)
Friday, March 3, 2 pm – WKU vs. Austin Peay
Monday, March 6, 1 pm – WKU vs. Ball State

Coming into the weekend, the Lady Toppers enter the matchup with a 5-2 record, including a three-match winning streak. Under the direction of coach Jonatan Berhane, WKU is off to its best start since the 2009-10 campaign.

Austin Peay (2-2) comes into the match after topping Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), 4-3, last Saturday. WKU leads the all-time series 28-8, including a 7-0 victory in the most recent match on March 4, 2016, in Clarksville.

Reigning MAC Champion Ball State (8-2), which is also on a three-match winning streak, is led by 2016 first-team all-conference player Peyton Gollhofer. The Cardinals won the last time out, 5-2, in Muncie, Ind., last spring and claim the all-time series 3-0.

WKU senior Elpida Malamou continues her strong start in 2017 tallying a 6-0 singles record as she owns a pair of wins over two Power Five No. 1 singles players. The Greece native, counting back from last season, has now won 19-straight singles matches.

With four victories apiece, three freshmen are tied for second on the team in wins – Monica Malinen, Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest. When working together, De Ugarte and Oest are currently riding a three-match winning streak at the No. 2 doubles spot.

How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Lady Topper Tennis, follow the program via social media @WKUTennis on Twitter.

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