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WKU tennis rides four game win streak to 7-5 overall record

Arthur H. Trickett-Wile
Western Kentucky University Hilltopper Rachel Hermanova serves the ball to Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Jaguars senior Samantha Hayward on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, at Michael O. Buchanon Park’s tennis facility. WKU won the match 7-0.

WKU women’s tennis is on a four game winning streak, putting their season record at 6-1 for home games and 7-5 overall.

The Hilltoppers matched up against Belmont University first this past weekend in a nail-biting battle, winning 4-3. Only one WKU doubles team claimed a win, which came from senior Samantha Martinez and junior Mariana Zegada. 

“Any time you’re in it in doubles and feel you have a shot to finish it and you don’t, it’s kind of like knocking the air out of you,” WKU Head Coach Greg Davis said. 

The win over Belmont came with the help of junior Sofia Blanco, redshirt junior Sayda Hernandez, senior Anne-Marie Kopecka, and senior Sunskrithi Damera as they each claimed a singles win. 

“I didn’t know how we’d respond in singles, but hey, we fought until the end.” Davis said. 

Sofia Blanco closed out the win against Anastasiya Zholdakova, despite a vigilant fight throughout the match.

“I never gave up. I ended up winning the second set 7-5 and the third set was really tight, really challenging, but I won it 7-6,” Blanco said. “There were no easy points – it was just fight and fight and fight,”

The second matchup of the weekend against IUPUI, Coach Davis’s alma mater, ended in a complete shutdown from WKU, winning 7-0. Two matches were won by default due to a singles and doubles team not showing up. Sunday against IUPUI also marked the first outdoor game played in the 2024 tennis season. 

The Hilltoppers matchup against Bellarmine University scheduled for March 6 has been canceled. 

Eastern Illinois University will travel to Bowling Green to play WKU Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. CT. 

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

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