TENNIS: Teams have ups and downs

Jason Stamm

After a disappointing weekend, Western’s women’s tennis team bounced back with a win, while the men again came up on the losing end.

The Lady Toppers cut it close last night at Austin Peay but were able to prevail over the Lady Govs 4-3. Western dropped doubles 2-1 but was able to come back by taking four out of six in singles play.

“We didn’t play good doubles like I thought we would,” coach Jeff True said. “We’ve lost our share of 4-3’s so we were kind of due for a win.”

Karina Ledaja kept on rolling in singles, with a 6-0, 6-0 win that extended her winning streak to 13 and moved her record to 15-1 on the season. Ledaja and her doubles partner, Ieva Balcus also pulled out Western’s lone doubles win 8-1, running their record to 15-1 as well.

“I already knew how to play with them from when we played earlier this year,” Ledaja said. “I just kept pressuring and tried to stay constant and solid.”

Also picking up wins for the Lady Toppers were Olga Kosaka at No. 2, Ilze Rozentale at No. 3, and Laura Caffey at No. 6. Rozentale perhaps had the most impressive performance, as she rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third set for a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 win.

“Ilze had a nice win to come back from 5-1,” True said. “It was a nice win for her because she’s lost in similar situations.”

The guys weren’t nearly as fortunate as the women as they stumbled early en route to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of host Austin Peay last night. The Toppers got off to a bad start as they were swept in doubles.

“We never got off to a good start,” True said. “They basically controlled us in every aspect.”

Western didn’t manage any better in singles play, getting their lone win from Stan Rabinovics at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2.

“I played alright, I just stayed confident,” Rabinovics said. “Mix (Mikus Paipars) and I pretty much blew doubles, though. We just didn’t play that well overall.”

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