BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Both the WKU men's and women's tennis teams will tour the state of Alabama over the next five days, playing four different Alabama opponents beginning on Monday in Huntsville, Ala.
This will mark the eighth-straight season that WKU has spent the school's spring break period in Alabama.
The Hilltoppers and the Lady Toppers will open the road swing on Monday against host Alabama A&M, marking the first of two meetings between the two programs over the five-day period.
Following the match against Alabama A&M, WKU will then travel to take on North Alabama on Tuesday, Alabama-Huntsville on Wednesday, Alabama State on Thursday and then conclude the trip against Alabama A&M on Friday,
The Hilltoppers (0-5) are coming off a 5-2 loss on Sunday to Detroit in Nashville, Tenn. The men's squad picked up singles wins from freshman Brody Freeman and sophomore Josh Smith, along with a doubles win from J.T. Closi and Andrew Fish. The WKU men's program has never started a season 0-6, with 2003 marking the last 0-5 start. The Hilltoppers went 1-1 on this Alabama road swing in 2011, picking up a shutout win over Alabama State.
The Lady Toppers (3-2) have won three matches in a row and should be well-rested heading into play on Monday. The women's team has not played in a match since February 18, enjoying 15 days without a match. Sophomore Monta Reinfelde will be looking to add to her already record-breaking start to the 2012 season, as she currently boasts a perfect 10-0 record in doubles and singles combined this season, with all doubles and singles coming from the No. 1 position.
Reinfelde's start to the season from the No. 1 spot is believed to be the best doubles and singles start in WKU women's history from the top position. Reinfelde is also just one win away from reaching the 20-win plateau in singles play for her career at WKU.
Play on Monday in slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. (CT) in Huntsville.
WKU Men's Individual Notes
- WKU sophomore Josh Smith ended a lengthy Hilltopper drought against Detroit, as he won from the No. 1 singles position. The win from the top spot was the Hilltoppers first win from that position since March 7, 2011. WKU had lost 12 No. 1 singles in a row.
- WKU freshman Andrew Fish picked up his first career singles win against Detroit, winning in three sets.
- Freshmen J.T. Closi and Andrew Fish picked up their second-straight doubles win against Detroit, giving them the team lead with a 2-1 doubles record in 2012.
- Three of the five Hilltopper singles wins this season have come from newcomers, while two of the three doubles wins have come from freshmen.
- Junior Lance Freeman played in his 31st-consecutive match against Detroit. Freeman trails on Arul Selvan’s 37 consecutive starts among active WKU players.
WKU Women's Individual Notes
- WKU sophomore Monta Reinfelde improved to 5-0 in both singles and doubles play after a perfect day against Lindsey Wilson. The 10-0 combined start is the best start at WKU from the No. 1 position of record.
- With a 19-4 career singles record, sophomore Monta Reinfelde is just one win away from the 20-win plateau.
- Reinfelde’s four singles wins in February moved her career mark in the month of February to 12-1 after going 8-1 in 2011. Reinfelde also picked a Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award following her 3-0 weekend. Reinfelde became the first Lady Topper since Inese Zverge in 1999 to win the award.
- WKU freshman Carolina Barboza has thrived from the No. 2 singles position in 2012, as she has won three consecutive singles from the No. 2 spot — all resulting in Lady Topper wins.
- After winning six singles from the No. 6 position in 2011, sophomore Morgan Freeman has moved up in the lineup to the No. 5 spot. Freeman picked up her first singles win of the season against Lindsey Wilson, winning 6-2, 6-3 over Anna Gaprindashvili.
Matches Over Spring Break:
Monday, March 5 — at Alabama A&M
Tuesday, March 6 — at North Alabama
Wednesday, March 7 — at Alabama-Huntsville
Thursday, March 8 — at Alabama State
Friday, March 9 — at Alabama A&M
Monday, March 5 — at Alabama A&M
Tuesday, March 6 — North Alabama
Wednesday, March 7 — North Alabama
Thursday, March 8 — at Alabama-Huntsville
Friday, March 9 — Alabama State