WKU Tennis improves to best record since 1985 with doubleheader win against Dayton


Kennedy Gott

On Sunday, February 27th, WKU Women’s Tennis won their match against UT Chattanooga overall 4-3. Cora-Lynn von Dungern, redshirt junior and #1 singles seed, won 6-2-6 against UTC player Nicole Abel.

Adi Schanie, Sports Reporter

WKU Tennis secured its best record since 1985 with a doubleheader sweep, taking down the Dayton Flyers 4-2 in game one and 4-0 in game two Saturday afternoon. The Lady Toppers sit at 15-8 on the year. 

“We came in wanting to get our momentum back for the season, and we were able to do just that today,” WKU head coach Greg Davis said in a press release. “This was a great effort by the team – we knew the doubles point was critical in the second match and that gave us the momentum we needed. To have 15 wins and to be only the second WKU women’s tennis team in school history to achieve that is an honor and speaks volumes about the team and the culture we are building.”

Match One

The Hilltoppers lost the doubles point 6-4, 6-1, giving the Flyers an early lead. This was the first time they lost the doubles point in a victory in 2022.

Redshirt junior Cora-Lynn von Dungern won in straight sets 6-0, 6-2, tying the match. The Flyers reclaimed the lead 2-1 with a 6-2, 6-1 win on Court 5. Redshirt senior Laura Bernardos won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, improving to 13-5 on the season. 

Redshirt sophomore Paola Cortez gave WKU the lead with a 6-4, 7-5 win. Sophomore Samantha Martinez clinched the win for WKU, winning 7-5, 6-3. The match on Court 4 went unfinished to give the Lady Toppers a 4-2 victory. 

Match Two

WKU took an early lead, winning the doubles point. Freshman Sofia Blanco and Martinez won 6-2 on Court 3 while Dungern and Cortez won 7-5 on Court 1. Blanco and Martinez improved to 10-4 while Dungern and Cortez moved to a team-best 15-3 on the year.

Blanco won in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 before Dungern won 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot. Cortez gave the Lady Toppers the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 win. The remaining three matches went unfinished, giving them a 4-0 victory. 

WKU will continue its record-setting season in Bowling Green at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and against the Saint Louis Billikens at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 10. 

Sports Reporter Adi Schanie can be reached at [email protected].