West Alabama’s Men and Women’s tennis took the court against Indianapolis at the Vaughn Tennis Center on Friday.

“Indianapolis was a tough opponent,” said freshman Stanzi Stuijt. “We really had to work for the matches.”

The Lady Tigers raised their rackets at 1 p.m. as fans gathered around the gates to support their fellow colleagues. UWA struggled but fought for the 5-4 victory against the Hounds.

Cardenas (6-3, 6-4), Bettaq (6-0, 6-4) and Stuijt (6-4, 6-4) won in the singles matches.

Popova/Cardenas (8-6) and Bettag/ Shannon McEvoy (9-7) added the final two victories, continuing the women’s winning streak to 11. The Lady Tigers improved their overall record 14-2.

“Shannon had a very tough match, this was so close as well, 3 sets again. It was close again, we only needed one more match. Christina did a very good job with winning her 6th singles! A nice birthday present because it was her birthday today!” said teammate Stanzi Stuijt.

Senior Nestor Vargas, from UWA’s men’s tennis team, has been ranked the 15th  singles player in the nation.

Drysdale (6-0, 6-0), Ivanov (6-3), Bardell, Vargas (6-4, 6-1) and Grossmann (6-0, 6-1) won their singles matches.

UWA was 3-3 in doubles. Vargas/Ruiz (8-3), Bardell/Grossman (9-7) and Drysdale/Ivanov (8-5) were paired to play in the doubles match.

After collecting their 10th consecutive win, the Tiger’s overall record advanced to 14-1.

Both men and women’s tennis team will travel to Florence to face UWA’s rival, The University of North Alabama.

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