NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In an evening match at the Whitworth Indoor Center, the Lady
Toppers prevailed over Lipscomb’s Bisons with a 4-2 victory. WKU (2-2, 1-0 C-USA)
handed Lipscomb (3-6) its first home court loss of the season.
Play began at 7 p.m. with the doubles matches. Senior Elpida Malamou and sophomore
Natalia De Ugarte partnered with each other to defeat a Lipscomb tandem 6-4 on court
two. Senior Violetta Shatalova and sophomore Cindy Oest took down a Bison pair on
court three with a score of 6-2.
Sophomore Monica Malinen and freshman Moka Ito did not finish their match against
the Bisons, but were ahead 5-4 when WKU clinched the doubles point.
Ito claimed her third victory of the season from the No. 2 spot defeating reigning
ASUN Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, Viktoriya Dzyuba, on a second set tiebreaker
with a score of 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). Malinen earned another point for the Red and White
by winning a tough 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 battle against a Bison on court three. The only
Lady Topper to win in straight sets was Oest on court six, defeating a Lipscomb
representative 6-4, 6-1.
Malamou came up short in a three-set dual while Shatalova was defeated 3-6, 3-6. De
Ugarte had not finished her singles match by the time the Lady Toppers closed on
Kateryna Popova (Lipscomb) def. Elpida Malamou (WKU) 6-4, 4-6, 4-6
Moka Ito (WKU) def. Viktoriya Dzyuba (Lipscomb) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
Monica Malinen (WKU) def. Madeleine Brooks (Lipscomb) 7-5, 6-7, 6-1
Denise Buberl (Lipscomb) def. Violetta Shatalova (WKU) 3-6, 3-6
Natalia De Ugarte (WKU) vs. Thabile Tshatedi(Lipscomb) DNF
Cindy Oest (WKU) def. Kateryna Kandyba (Lipscomb) 6-4, 6-1
Malinen/Ito (WKU) vs. Buberl/Popova (Lipscomb) DNF
Malamou/De Ugarte (WKU) def. Dyzuba/Brooks (Lipscomb) 6-4
Oest/Shatalova (WKU) def. Tshatedi/Kandyba (Lipscomb) 6-2
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