BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Tennis continued its 2022 season Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against the Dayton Flyers.
The Lady Toppers won both dual matches against Dayton to improve 15-8 on the campaign. The second win of the doubleheader marks the best record in program history since 1985 and the second-best record ever in WKU Women’s Tennis history.
First Match Recap
WKU lost the doubles point, marking the first time they have lost the doubles point in a winning effort this season.
The Flyers took victory on Court 1 and Court 3 to take the early lead. The Court 2 match went unfinished.
Going into singles, the Tops needed to win four of six matches to get the win, and they did just that. Cora-Lynn von Dungern was able to tie the match after winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot. Dayton reclaimed the lead 2-1 after winning on Court 5, but that was the last point they would win for the rest of the match. Laura Bernardos tied the match at two also winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. She improves to 13-5 on the season, the second most on the team. Paola Cortez followed that up with a win at No. 3 to give the Lady Toppers the lead winning 6-4, 7-5. She improves to 12-8 in singles play this year. Then at No. 6, Samantha Martinez clinched the win for WKU, winning 7-5, 6-3.
The Court 4 match went unfinished, making the final score, 4-2, in favor of the Lady Toppers.
Singles (Order of finish: 1,5,2,3,6)
1: Cora-Lynn von Dungern (WKU) def. Erica Wojcikiewicz (DAY) 6-0, 6-2
2: Laura Bernardos (WKU) def. Elizabeth Hamilton (DAY) 6-2, 6-3
3: Paola Cortez (WKU) def. Neena Katauskas (DAY) 6-4, 7-5
4: Rachel Hermanova (WKU) vs. Laura Greb (DAY) 7-6 (6), 4-1, unfinished
5: Sarah DeMarco (DAY) def. Sofia Blanco (WKU) 6-2, 6-1
6: Samantha Martinez (WKU) def. Claire Ghidotti (DAY) 7-5, 6-3
Doubles (Order of finish 3,1)
1: Wojcikiewicz/Greb (DAY) def. Cortez/von Dungern (WKU) 6-4
2: Bernardos/Zegada (WKU) vs. Hamilton/Mitchell (DAY) 3-4, unfinished
3: Katauskas/DeMarco (DAY) def. Blanco/Martinez (WKU) 6-1
Second Match Recap
In the second match of the day, WKU was able to take the early lead winning the doubles point.
Sofia Blanco and Samantha Martinez won on Court 3, 6-2, and Cora-Lynn von Dungern and Paola Cortez won 7-5 on Court 1 to take the early advantage going into singles play. The No. 3 duo improves to 10-4 on the season, good for second best on the team. The No. 1 pair moves to a team-best, 15-3 this season.
Up 1-0, the Lady Toppers needed just three matches to go their way this time to get the win, opposed to match one.
Sofia Blanco won at No. 5 in straight sets to go up 2-0, winning 6-2, 6-3. She improves to 5-3 in singles on the season. Cora-Lynn von Dungern claimed her second win of the day at the No. 1 slot, winning 6-4, 6-3. Paola Cortez also got her second singles win on the day, winning 6-4, 6-2 and clinching the win for the Lady Toppers.
The remaining three matches went unfinished, giving the Tops the 4-0 victory.
“We came in wanting to get our momentum back for the season and we were able to do just that today. This was a great effort by the team – we knew the doubles point was critical in the second match and that gave us the momentum we needed.” head coach Greg Davis said. “To have 15 wins and to be only the second WKU women’s tennis team in school history to achieve that is an honor and speaks volumes about the team and the culture we are building.”
WKU continues its season next weekend at home against Middle Tennessee on Saturday, April 9 and against Saint Louis on Sunday, April 10. Saturday’s match will begin at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday’s match will begin at 11 a.m. Location of each match will depend upon weather conditions.
Singles (Order of finish: 5,1,3)
1: Cora-Lynn von Dungern (WKU) def. Elizabeth Hamilton (DAY) 6-4, 6-3
2: Laura Bernardos (WKU) vs. Erica Wojcikiewicz (DAY) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
3: Paola Cortez (WKU) def. Laura Greb (DAY) 6-4, 6-2
4: Rachel Hermanova (WKU) vs. Neena Katauskas (DAY) 6-4, 1-6, 2-0, unfinished
5: Sofia Blanco (WKU) def. Jordan Mitchell (DAY) 6-2, 6-3
6: Samantha Martinez (WKU) vs. Natalie Stanton (DAY) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
Doubles (Order of finish 3,1)
1: Cortez/von Dungern (WKU) def. Hamilton/Greb (DAY) 7-5
2: Bernardos/Zegada (WKU)vs. Katauskas/Ghidotti (DAY) 5-5, unfinished
3: Blanco/Martinez (WKU) def. Wojcikiewicz/Stanton (DAY) 6-2