Although Western Kentucky’s women’s tennis team won the opening doubles point against undefeated Florida International, the Lady Toppers dropped five of the following singles matches in a 5-2 loss to the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
It was the team’s first home match at the WKU Tennis Complex since April 6, 2019.
WKU”s Laura Bernardos posted her fifth straight singles victory, improving to 7-5 overall on the season and a perfect 3-0 against Conference USA opponents. All of her singles matches have been at the No. 2 position.
With the team loss, the Lady Toppers fell to 2-10 on the season, while the visiting Panthers improved to 6-0.
“We played well today against a top 3-or-4 team in the conference but came up a bit short,” WKU coach Greg Davis said in a news release. “We had a big improvement from yesterday and really played well in doubles and had another great win by Laura, but we need to find some more wins at the other positions.”
WKU claimed the opening doubles point. After FIU won at No. 3 by a score of 6-3, the Lady Toppers responded with a 6-4 win from Bernardos and her partner Samantha Martinez at the No. 2 spot. With the first two results knotted, the duo of Lisa Friess and Cora-Lynn von Dungern outlasted their opponents at the No. 1 position by a score of 7-5 to claim the opening point for the home team.