EKU womens' tennis wins OVC title in program's final season

RICHMOND, Ky. – Margaux Lacroix came through in a crucial moment, taking the No. 6 singles match to clinch the win and Ohio Valley Conference Regular-Season Championship for the Eastern Kentucky University women’s tennis team over Murray State University, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Greg Adams Tennis Center. All this after Eastern Kentucky University announced that it will discontinue its men’s and women’s tennis programs, effective at the end of the 2018 season.

The affected student-athletes will be given their full releases and will be able to transfer to another institution and play immediately. Those affected student-athletes who choose to remain enrolled at EKU will continue to receive their scholarship until completion of their degree requirements.

Saturday's win shattered Murray State’s perfect conference season.

Alexandra Belle and Lisa Friess paired up to take No. 2 doubles, 6-3, followed by a Laura Argente, Raquel Montalvo win at No. 3, 7-5, to take the point.

Kristina Lagoda made a statement, taking the first singles match at No. 2, 6-0, 6-1, to give EKU the 2-0 advantage. But, the Racers took the match at No. 1 to draw within one, 2-1.

Belle made quick work of her opponent at No. 4, 6-2, 6-2.

Murray again found an answer, winning three-set battles at No. 3 and 5 to tie the match.

With all eyes on the match at No. 6, Lacroix took the first set, 6-4, and the second, 6-3.

“I’m super proud of the girls,” Head Coach Rob Oertel stated. “These are never easy. It’s always a lot of emotion and a lot of stress to get through, but man they weathered the storm. I really believe in Margaux. No one takes down Margaux, her courage level is always at A+ and she’s the one you want out there in that situation. With that said, we haven’t even come close to obtaining our goal. We are on a mission to get the tournament title and that’s what this whole season has been about. We have to win two matches, we are two matches away.”

EKU improves to 14-8 (9-0 OVC) and completes league play undefeated while Murray State falls to 14-7 (8-1 OVC).

The squad will return to the court in the OVC Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee as the No. 1 seed on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m.

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