The Eastern Kentucky University women’s tennis team capped off an incredible season in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 victory over Austin Peay State University for the Ohio Valley Conference title Sunday night at the Centennial Sports Complex.
With all eyes on No. 5 singles, Lisa Friess won the first set, 7-6, after a grueling tiebreaker. The sophomore played an intense second set perfectly to win 6-0, sealing the league crown for the squad.
This is the first time since 2013 that the Colonels (16-8) have went undefeated and won the championship.
“This girls team is in top three most special teams in my 28 years of coaching,” Head Coach Rob Oertel stated. “Their love, support and enthusiasm for each other was incomparable this year. Special thanks to Kirsten (graduate assistant) for helping get them prepared, making their workouts so much fun and helping them grow so much as players.”
The Colonels won the doubles point after Alexandra Belle and Friess combined for a 6-4 win at No. 2 and Laura Argente paired with Raquel Montalvo for a 7-5 victory at No. 3.
Kristina Lagoda extended her winning streak to 13 matches after dominating at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 2-6, 6-0, to put EKU ahead 2-0. The Moscow, Russia native finished league play undefeated.
But, APSU had no quit in them, taking No. 1, 4 and 3 singles, respectively, to take its first lead of the match, 3-0.
Margaux Lacroix easily handled Brittney Covington at No. 6, 6-3, 6-2, to even the match.
The Colonels will find out their NCAA opponent and destination during the selection show on May 1.
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