TENNIS: Women drop ball in early losses

Amber North

After starting the season off 2-0, the Lady Topper tennis team has dropped three of its last four games.

Hearts were broken as the Lady Toppers fell to Belmont 5-1 on Valentine’s Day. Still, freshman Karina Ledaja won the singles match as teammates senior Jennifer Granger and sophomore Emily Lichtenberg won doubles.

The next day, Feb. 15, the team faced double action from Wright State and Eastern Kentucky.

They defeated Wright State 6-1, tallying five singles’ victories and two from doubles. Included in those victories were Ledaja, Granger, Lichtenberg, freshman Ieva Balcus and junior Olga Kosaka. The doubles’ wins came from the dynamic duos of Granger and Lichtenberg and seniors Liene Rozentale and Kosaka.

After the Wright State win, the women lost to Eastern 4-1, having wins only from Ledaja in singles and Granger and Lichtenberg in doubles.

Despite the team’s 3-3 record, Latvian native Ledaja continues to dominate the hard court as she remains undefeated (6-0).

Ledaja and the rest of the Lady Toppers will host Evansville on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.

–Amber North