DENTON, Texas — In the first round of the Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship, the Lady Toppers' Tennis squad pulled out a 4-2 victory over Florida Atlantic at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
The victory for WKU (12-5) marks the first conference tournament win since 2001 when the Lady Toppers defeated Louisiana Tech, 7-0, on April 20 - which is exactly 16 years ago.
No. 6 WKU came out firing in doubles to take an early 1-0 lead over No. 11 Florida Atlantic (11-11). Freshmen Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest won on court two over FAU's Naiya Oden and Heather Walton, 6-2, to improve their record when working together to 12-5. On court one, Andreanna Christopoulou and Lisa Friess won 6-3 to claim the doubles point.
After claiming the doubles point, WKU kept the momentum going as De Ugarte won comfortably at the No. 5 spot 6-1, 6-2 to go up 2-0. Florida Atlantic would respond, though, winning the next two matches on courts four and one to tie it up.
Christopoulou dug deep at the No. 3 spot outlasting the Owls' Ana Gutierrez 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Only a couple minutes later, freshman Monica Malinen won a three-set match as well defeating Lyndsey Boos 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 to claim the Lady Topper victory.
WKU will face No. 3 Marshall (14-9) in the second round of the C-USA Championship tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT. The Thundering Herd are coming off a convincing win over No. 14 UTEP, 4-1, in their first round match.
For more information on today's matches in the C-USA Women's Tennis Championship, click here.
- Laura Fabrizi (FAU) def. Elpida Malamou (WKU) 6-4 (5-7), 7-6
- Monica Malinen (WKU) def. Lyndsey Boos (FAU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
- Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) def. Ana Gutierrez (FAU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
- Marisa Ruiz (FAU) def. Cindy Oest (WKU) 6-3, 6-4
- Natalia De Ugarte (WKU) def. Alisa Rudenko (FAU) 6-1, 6-2
- Violetta Shatalova (WKU) vs. Bianca Biglione (FAU) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished
- Christopoulou/Friess (WKU) def. Fabrizi/Gutierrez (FAU) 6-3
- Oest/De Ugarte (WKU) def. Oden/Walton (FAU) 6-2
- Shatalova/Malinen (WKU) vs. Boos/Ruiz (FAU) 4-3, unfinished