TENNIS: Ladies take Campbellsville 7-0

Jason Stamm

Western’s tennis teams were busy in action this weekend, with the women sweeping their three matches and the men taking one out of three.

The women began their weekend at Campbellsville, shutting out the Lady Tigers 7-0. The Toppers won every set in the match, winning the doubles point and sweeping singles 6-0. The winning tallies came from Karina Ledaja, Olga Kosaka, Ieva Balcus, Ilze Rozentale, Dana Underdonk, and Laura Caffey.

“I think we came out positive and concentrated well,” said Caffey. “We were consistent and we had good focus throughout the match.”

The men weren’t nearly as dominant, falling to the Tigers 4-2.

On Saturday, both teams returned to the friendly confines of Bowling Green to host Tennessee State. The women faced another overmatched opponent, shutting out their second consecutive foe 7-0. The Lady Toppers dispatched the wounded Lady Tigers, once again winning every set in the match. TSU was down one player in the match.

“Karina didn’t have much of a challenge but we got some good wins,” coach Jeff True said. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

The men had a better outcome on Saturday than on Friday, disposing of visiting Tennessee State 6-1.

“TSU was weaker but we played pretty well,” victorious three seed Ryan Durham said. “We still need to adjust to the outdoors and play to win.”

The women continued their winning streak on Sunday, knocking off Austin Peay at home 5-2. Ledaja won again running her record to 8-1 on the season while her win at No. 1 doubles keeps the Ledaja-Balcus duo undefeated on the season at 9-0.

“The big win was at doubles,” True said. “The big positive was Olga and Ilze. They’re a good team and are really meshing well together.”

Western’s men also played host to the Governors on Sunday, but came up on the losing end at 6-1. Western’s only win at singles came from Mikus Paipars at No.1, 6-4, 6-4. Also hurting the Tops in all three matches was the loss of three seed Franco Serra to an ankle injury.

“Mix (Paipars) had a good win at one but we couldn’t overcome losing Franco,” True said. “He’s playing as well as anybody right now.”

The Toppers will next see action at 2 p.m. Friday when they play host to Evansville. Both men’s and women’s clubs will then travel to Hilton Head, S.C. for a spring break tournament next week before battling Tennessee State on March 28 in Nashville. The men will look to improve on their 4-6 record while the women hope to bolster their 6-3 mark with a few wins.

“I don’t know a lot about the tourney teams but the matches look good on paper,” True said. “The guys are looking for confidence but they’re matches we can win.”

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