BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU women's tennis team will look to bounce back after Sunday's loss to Middle Tennessee, as the Lady Toppers travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Tennessee State on Thursday.
It will mark the final match in the month of March for the Lady Toppers, who have gone 4-2 in the second month of the season. WKU is 9-2 in March over the last two years combined and have a winning record in the month in each of the last five years, going 22-8 during that five-year span.
WKU and Tennessee State were scheduled to play last week in Nashville, but saw the match rained out. The Lady Toppers have shut out Tennessee State in three consecutive matches dating back to the 2010 season.
Thursday's match will be the only match of the week for the Lady Toppers and will mark the last scheduled match until an April 11 contest with Campbellsville.
WKU (7-4) has won seven of its last nine matches after starting the season with an 0-2 record. The Lady Toppers and the Tigers are scheduled to get underway from Tennessee State University at 3:00 PM (CT) on Thursday.
WKU (7-4) at Tennessee State (0-4)
March 29, 2012 • 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Tennessee State University • Nashville, Tenn.
WKU vs. Tennessee State News and Notes
• The Lady Toppers have shut out Tennessee State in three consecutive matches dating back to the 2010 season. WKU has not given up a point to TSU since March 29, 2010, when the Lady Toppers picked up a 6-1 win in Nashville, Tenn.
• WKU shut out Tennessee State in back-to-back matches in 2011, winning 7-0 on March 20 and April 3. WKU swept the singles and the
doubles portion of both matches, winning all singles in straight sets.
• WKU has dropped three in a row in Nashville, Tenn., dating back to the end of the 2011 season. The Lady Toppers fell earlier this season in Nashville to Lipscomb and Belmont. WKU’s last win in Nashville came on April 3, 2011 against Tennessee State.
• After winning three in a row, the Lady Toppers dropped a 7-0 decision to Middle Tennessee on Sunday. WKU has won seven of nine since opening the 2012 season 0-2. The Lady Toppers went 4-1 in 2011 against the four remaining opponents on WKU’s schedule (Tennessee State, Campbellsville, Southern Indiana and North Alabama).
• WKU heads into its final match of the month of March on Thursday, currently boasting a 4-2 record this month. The Lady Toppers have assured themselves of a winning record in March for the fifth consecutive year, going 22-8 during that five-year span.
WKU Individual News and Notes
• In the last two seasons, WKU has seen a vast improvement from the No. 1 singles position, going 24-6 over the last 30 matches in 2011 and 2012. In 2009 and 2010 combined, the Lady Toppers managed only 12 combined singles wins from the top spot.
• WKU sophomore Monta Reinfelde suffered her first loss of the season in both singles and doubles play on Sunday against Middle Tennessee. Reinfelde’s 20-0 combined start was believed to be the best overall start from the top spot in WKU history, and finished just two singles wins from tying Karina Ledaja’s 12-0 start in 2003.
• Reinfelde’s 10-1 start in singles play puts the sophomore just one win away from 25 singles victories for her career. Reinfelde is currently 24-4 in 28 career matches.
• After going a combined 10-0 in singles and doubles play in Alabama, Monta Reinfelde picked up her second Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award of the season. Reinfelde’s February 15 award was the first player of the week honor for a Lady Topper since Inese Zverge picked up the award in 1999.
• Freshman Madeline Phillips and sophomore Monta Reinfelde have proved to be quite a one-two punch at the top of the WKU doubles lineup, as the duo has gone 9-1 since being paired together on February 11.
• WKU freshman Carolina Barboza has thrived from the No. 2 singles position in 2012, as she has won six of her last eight singles from the No. 2 spot — all six resulting in Lady Topper wins.
• WKU junior Katrina Vucina saw her first action of the 2012 season in Alabama, going 3-2 in singles play, giving her 22 singles wins for her career. She also went a perfect 2-0 in doubles play with teammate Morgan Freeman.