BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Wrapping up their final match of the regular season, the Lady
Toppers’ Tennis squad is set to host East Tennessee State on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT
at the WKU Tennis Complex.
The match marks Senior Day for WKU as it will commemorate seniors Andreanna
Christopoulou and Elpida Malamou 15 minutes prior to the match at 9:45 a.m. CT. The
Greece natives have made quite the mark on The Hill combining for a 66-21 record in
singles matches over a three-year span.
WKU enters the battle on a five-match winning streak, posting an 11-4 record and
sits in second place in the Conference USA standings. WKU boasts four players who
have at least won nine matches.
East Tennessee State (10-5, 5-1 SoCon) is coming off a loss last Saturday to Furman,
5-2, as the Paladins put an end to the Bucs seven-match winning streak. ETSU will
play its final conference match against UNCG on April 15 and a win would secure the
second seed in the SoCon tournament. The meeting between the Bucs and Lady Toppers
will be a first for the programs.
WKU Tennis head coach Jonatan Berhane was an assistant coach for ETSU for two
seasons (2012, 2013) and guided the Bucs to a regular season championship in 2013.
Malamou, who leads the team with 13 singles wins, will look to bounce back after a
loss for the first time this spring after she won 26-straight matches, the longest
in WKU history.
Junior Violetta Shatalova has a winning streak of eight matches dating back to Feb.
4 and freshman Monica Malinen is second on the team in wins racking up 10 victories,
including four in a row.
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