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WKU tennis makes program history ahead of C-USA tournament

Wyatt Richardson, WKU Athletics

2024 WKU women’s tennis has officially tied the fourth-most wins in program history in a single season with a 14-9 overall record, including an 11-3 mark at home.

WKU’s senior day triumph over Middle Tennessee this past Wednesday marked a stretch of history for the program. Seniors, Paola Cortez, Sunskrithi Damera, Anna-Marie Kopecka and Samantha Martinez each picked up a victory in singles or doubles play against Middle Tennessee on top of the team victory. 

What a great day for the program,” WKU Head Coach Greg Davis said following senior day. “I think it shows the team what we’re capable of going forward.” 

After making adjustments, it seems WKU tennis is in a strong spot as they approach the Conference-USA Championship at the end of the month.

Looking back on the 2024 season, Sofia Blanco, a junior from Caracas, Venezuela, has remained a competitive force to be reckoned with, standing at 17-2 in overall singles play. 

Junior Rachel Hermanova has also taken control of her singles play after some early season losses. Her 12-8 singles record puts her just behind Blanco in best regular season singles play at WKU.

In doubles play, Juniors Samantha Martinez and Mariana Zegada have been an unstoppable duo as the pair hold an 11-1 doubles season record.  Their one loss came against North Alabama at the beginning of April. 

Additionally, C-USA announced Martinez and Blanco as members of the C-USA’s Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team. Martinez boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA as she studies Social Media Marketing and Blanco holds a 3.88 GPA,  pursuing a Business Analytics and Computer Science degree. 

The Hilltoppers will play their last regular season match against Florida Atlantic University Monday, April 15, at 12:30 PM CT in Boca Raton, FL. 

Conference USA tournament play will begin that same week from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21, in Miami, FL. Schedules will depend on seeding and will be released at a later date. 

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

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