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WKU tennis starts season 2-3

Allie Hendricks
WKU freshman Mariana Zegada readies herself to hit the ball during the tennis match against Lipscomb University at the Michael O. Buchanon tennis facility on Jan. 30, 2022. The Hilltoppers won 4-3, starting off their season off with 2 wins and 0 losses.

WKU women’s tennis began their 2024 spring season on Sunday, Jan. 14, currently standing at 2-3 overall.

Sofia Blanco, a junior from Caracas, Venezuela leads 5-0 in singles. Mariana Zegada, a junior from Cochabamba, Bolivia is also undefeated with a 3-0 record. 

Two doubles teams lead WKU 3-1. One team consists of Sofia Blanco and senior Samantha Martinez. The other team is red shirt junior, Paola Cortez and the senior Anne-Marie Kopecka. 

WKU’s first matchup was against Eastern Kentucky University. The Hilltoppers fell 4-3 overall. 

Cortez/Kopecka and Blanco/Martinez won their matches against EKU. However, junior Rachel Hermanova and red shirt junior Sayda Hernandez lost their first match of the season. Blanco and Kopecka were the two single players that won. 

The second matchup of the season against Northern Kentucky University ended in a 7-0 sweep in favor of WKU.

WKU then took on Western Carolina University where they lost 4-3. Cortez, Blanco and junior Mariana Zegada claimed victory in singles play. In doubles, Cortez and Kopecka won their match 7-5, however the two doubles wins for Western Carolina led the Catamounts to victory.

The Hilltoppers claimed their first victory of February with a 5-2 win against Southeast Missouri University. All three doubles teams won. Blanco, Hermanova, Zegada, and Kopecka claimed victories in singles.

That same weekend, WKU went up against Lipscomb University. WKU lost 5-2. Blanco and Zegada claimed the two wins in single play. 

WKU women’s tennis is set to play Austin Peay at 10 A.M. CST in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 10. 

Sports reporter Shelby Huelsman can be reached at [email protected].

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