EKU WTEN Falls on the Road to Undefeated Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The Eastern Kentucky University women’s tennis team pushed undefeated Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to the verge of its first loss of the season, but the Cougars held on for a 4-3 win.

SIUE (13-0, 3-0 OVC) earned the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.

The Colonels (6-8, 2-2 OVC) however won the first three singles matches to go on top 3-1 and get within a point of claiming the match.

Viktorija Demcenkova beat Morgan Steffes, 6-3 and 6-4, at No. 3 singles. Sagung Putri Dwinta knocked off Tiffany Hollebeck, 6-2 and 6-4, at No. 4 singles. Margaux Lacroix earned a 6-2 and 6-2 win over Lara Tupper at No. 5 singles.

The Cougars tied the match with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Callaghan Adams edged Marina Marti, 6-3 and 6-4, at No. 6 singles to give the match to SIU Edwardsville.

“It was a big home court advantage for SIUE today,” EKU Head Coach Rob Oertel said. “I have a feeling we’ll see this team again at the tournament. We look forward to the challenge. As I said before, a lot of these OVC matches are going to come down to 4-3 scores, we just have to learn from these.”

The Colonels continue Ohio Valley Conference play on Friday at home against Jacksonville State. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

SIUE 4, Eastern Kentucky University 3
Singles competition
1. Lexi Aranda (SIUE) def. Kristina Lagoda (EKU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Mia Frogner (SIUE) def. Laura Argente (EKU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Viktorija Demcenkova (EKU) def. Morgan Steffes (SIUE) 6-3, 6-4
4. Sagung Putri Dwinta (EKU) def. Tiffany Hollebeck (SIUE) 6-2, 6-4
5. Margaux Lacroix (EKU) def. Lara Tupper (SIUE) 6-2, 6-2
6. Callaghan Adams (SIUE) def. Marina Marti (EKU) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Tiffany Hollebeck/Mia Frogner (SIUE) def. Kristina Lagoda/Viktorija Demcenkova (EKU) 6-0
2. Lexi Aranda/Morgan Steffes (SIUE) def. Laura Argente/Sagung Putri Dwinta (EKU) 6-1
3. Lara Tupper/Callaghan Adams (SIUE) vs. Raquel Montalvo/Marina Marti (EKU) unfinished

Match Notes:
Eastern Kentucky University 6-8 (2-2 OVC)
SIUE 13-0 (3-0 OVC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2*,3); Singles (3,4,5,1,2,6*)
Official: Vicki Elwood

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Kevin Britton
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding

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