OVC Champions: SIUE Women's Tennis Repeats

2017 OVC Champions
2017 OVC Champions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mia Frogner closed out her third set victory Sunday with a backhand at the net, sealing the second straight Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title for SIUE women's tennis.

SIUE defeated Eastern Kentucky 4-1 in the OVC Championship match. The Cougars completed the regular season and the league tournament with a perfect 21-0 dual match record.

"I can't say enough about this team," said SIUE Head Coach Nick Mueller. "We have persevered through a lot this season. I am extremely proud of this group, sticking together even when things were not going our way. This is definitely a special moment."

Next up for the Cougars will be the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Tournament. SIUE women's tennis will find out its first-round NCAA opponent May 2 in a live selection show on NCAA.com.

SIUE took control of the match early by winning the double point. Frogner and Tiffany Hollebeck downed Demcenkova and Kristina Lagoda at No. 1 doubles. Lexi Aranda and Morgan Steffes then captured the double point with a 6-2 win over Laura Arg Escamilla and Raquel Montal Perez at No. 2 doubles.

Escamilla provided EKU's only point before the match concluded, defeating Hollebeck 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

The Cougars regained the lead quickly on a 6-2, 6-1 win by Steffes at No. 3 singles over Sagung Putri Dwinta.

Aranda made it 3-1 with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 triumph over Lagoda at No. 1 singles.

That set up Frogner to clinch the match. Frogner needed three sets at No. 2 singles to defeat Eastern Kentucky's Vikroija Demcenkova 6-0, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2.

"Our two seniors (Frogner and Aranda) played amazing today," said Mueller. "Mia was the clinching point, her first clincher of the spring."

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