MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The WKU Tennis season came to an end on Thursday afternoon, as UAB defeated the No. 9 seed Lady Toppers by a score of 4-2 in the first round of the 2022 Conference USA Tournament. The No. 8 seeded Blazers will advance to the quarterfinals to face No. 1 seed Old Dominion.
WKU entered the day 17-3 when they win the doubles point, and this one came down to a tiebreaker. The No. 3 duo of Sofia Blanco and Samantha Martinez got the Lady Toppers off to a hot start, taking the match 6-2. They finish 2022 on a five-match winning streak and 14-4 overall as a pair. The two also earned their 18th doubles win each on the campaign, adding to their record broken in the previous match for most doubles wins in a season, previously held by Karina Ledaja (2003-04) and Olga Kosaka (2000-01) who each had 16.
The Court 2 match went in favor of the Blazers, knotting up the score, making the doubles point come down to the match on Court 1.
The No. 1 matchup of Cora-Lynn von Dungern and Paola Cortez against Sydney Clarke and Maggie White was tied at 6-6 and went to a tiebreaker, but UAB took the decision, winning the tiebreaker 7-2 to earn the doubles point.
In singles, the Blazers took a 2-0 lead, following a win on Court 1, but the Lady Toppers fought back, winning back-to-back matches. Rachel Hermanova added to her single-season record, winning her 19th singles match of the season in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Laura Bernardos was able to tie the match 2-2 winning in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
UAB won a hard-fought, three set match on Court 3 to take the 3-2 lead. They clinched the match just after winning on Court 6 in straight sets, taking the match, 4-2.
The match lasted a total of 4 hours and 20 minutes, the Lady Toppers longest match of the season.
“We played hard to the last point. UAB is a very good team and very deserving to move on.” head coach Greg Davis said. “Very proud of the team and what they accomplished. 18 wins and 2-1 in Conference USA shows the program is on the rise. The messages from collegiate hall of fame coaches and professionals have been numerous this year and it is great to see how those in the tennis community have noticed the success of the program. It is very humbling. “
WKU concluded the season with a 18-9 overall record, winning nine of its last eleven matches. They finish this season with the second-most wins in program history and most in a season since 1985.
This season brought multiple broken records, starting with Cora-Lynn von Dungern breaking the record for most doubles wins in a career at WKU against Murray State earlier this year. She finishes her WKU career 37-14 in doubles matches. Rachel Hermanova broke the record for singles win in a season last weekend against Marshall. She ends her freshman campaign with a 19-4 singles record. Sofia Blanco and Samantha Martinez each picked up their 17th and 18th doubles wins last weekend and today, breaking the record for most doubles wins in a season, individually. Blanco finishes her di lei first season on The Hill with a doubles record of 18-7, while Martinez finishes her sophomore year 18-6 in doubles. The No. 1 doubles pair of Cora-Lynn von Dungern and Paola Cortez finish the year 16-4 as a doubles duo, the most doubles wins by a pair in a single season in program history.
Singles (Order of finish: 1,4,2,3,6)
1: Adela Wasserbauerova (UAB) def. Cora-Lynn von Dungern (WKU) 6-3, 6-0
2: Laura Bernardos (WKU) def. Sydney Clarke (UAB) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
3: Maggie White (UAB) def. Paola Cortez (WKU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
4: Rachel Hermanova (WKU) def. Mackenzie White (UAB) 7-5, 6-2
5: Sofia Blanco (WKU) vs. Jane Hecking (UAB) 7-5, 1-6, 5-1, unfinished
6: Annalisa Smith (UAB) def. Mariana Zegada (WKU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles (Order of finish 3,2,1)
1: Clarke / White (UAB) def. Cortez / von Dungern (WKU) 7-6 (2)
2: White / Wasserbauerova (UAB) def. Bernardos / Zegada (WKU) 6-2
3: Blanco / Martinez (WKU) def. Ratkic / Mellynchuk (UAB) 6-2