WKU Tennis starts year off strong at UC/Pam Whitehead Invitational


Steve Roberts / WKU Athletics

WKU Tennis sophomore Samantha Martinez was a perfect 3-0 in singles play during the Butler Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana on Oct. 2-3.

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

WKU Tennis competed in its first invitational of the season over the weekend, going head-to-head against Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green and host Cincinnati at the UC/Pam Whitehead Invitational at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

WKU turned in a 11-7 record in singles matches and went 4-5 in doubles. WKU’s Cora-Lynn von Dungern split the singles title with Ioana Guna of Cincinnati and Bowling Green’s Ioanna Tsodari.

Laura Bernardos, Paola Cortez, Samantha Martinez and Alexis Cramer all went 2-1 in singles as well, capping off a strong opening showing for the red and white. Bernardos and Martinez led the way in doubles competition, putting together a 2-1 record.

The Lady Toppers defeated Bowling Green 2-1 in doubles and swept Miami (Ohio) 6-0 in singles during the first day of competition on Friday.

“We had a total team effort against Miami of Ohio in singles, sweeping them in all 1-through-6 positions,” head coach Greg Davis said in a press release.

The Lady Toppers put together another strong day on Saturday, taking down Miami (Ohio) 2-1 in doubles play and trumping Bowling Green 4-2 in singles.

WKU Tennis will take a break from competition until Oct. 1-3 when the program travels to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Butler Invitational. Full results from the UC/Pam Whitehead Invitational can be found below:

Singles vs. Miami (Ohio)

von Dungern (WKU) def. Saravanan (MIA): 0-6, 6-4, 12-10

Bernardos (WKU) def. Valentinsson (MIA): 6-1, 7-6 (2)

Cortez (WKU) def. Zalukar (MIA): 6-1, 7-6 (1)

Shaw (WKU) def. Dev (MIA): 2-6, 6-4, 10-7

Martinez (WKU) def. Ushio (MIA): 6-3, 7-6 (4)

Cramer (WKU) def. Long (MIA): 7-6 (5), 6-2

Singles vs. Bowling Green

von Dungern (WKU) def. Tsodari (BGSU): 0-6, 6-4, 12-10

Vetter (BGSU) def. Bernardos (WKU): 6-1, 7-6 (2)

Cortez (WKU) def. Poppe (BGSU): 6-1, 7-6 (1)

Silveira (BGSU) def. Shaw (WKU): 2-6, 6-4, 10-7

Martinez (WKU) def. Neuman (BGSU): 6-3, 7-6 (4)

Cramer (WKU) def. Fuentes (BGSU): 7-6 (5), 6-2

Singles vs. Cincinnati

Guna (UC) def. von Dungern (WKU): 6-3, 4-6, 10-3

Bernardos (WKU) def McLay (UC): 6-1, 6-7 (1), 11-9

Pendergast (UC) def. Cortez (WKU): 6-3, 6-2

Niehaus (UC) def. Shaw (WKU): 4-6, 6-0, 11-9

Flanagan (UC) def. Martinez (WKU): 6-1, 6-2

Bruno (UC) def. Cramer (WKU): 6-4, 6-2

Doubles vs. Bowling Green

von Dungern/Cortez (WKU) def. Silveira/Tsadari (BGSU): 6-2

Bernardos/Martinez (WKU) def. Neuman/Poppe. (BGSU) 6-4

Iglesias/Vetter (BGSU) def. Cramer/Shaw (WKU): 6-3

Doubles vs. Cincinnati

McLay/Pendergast (UC) def. von Dungern/Cortez (WKU): 6-0

Guna/Miceli (UC) def. Bernardos/Martinez (WKU): 7-6 (5)

Bruno/Niehaus (UC) def. Cramer/Shaw (WKU): 7-6 (1)

Doubles vs. Miami (Ohio)

Denysiewicz-Slowek/Saravanan (MIA) def. von Dungern/Cortez (WKU): 6-2

Bernardos/Martinez (WKU) def. Ushio/Valentinsson (MIA): 6-1

Cramer/Shaw (WKU) def. Long/Zalukar (MIA): 6-3

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