The Western Kentucky tennis team has announced its 2021 spring schedule, with a total of 22 dual matches leading up to the Conference USA Championship in Denton, Texas. The Lady Toppers begin the season Jan. 18 with a road match at Bellarmine.

The team has five home matches and four regular-season C-USA matches on the slate.

“We feel that this team is very experienced, so we wanted to upgrade the schedule along with it,” head coach Greg Davis said in a news release. “We have a lot of good teams on this schedule; Cincinnati, Kentucky, UT Martin coming in, as well as playing LA Tech and Southern Miss (and others) in Conference USA.”

WKU finished its 2020 spring season with a 6-10 dual match record before the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lady Toppers return six letter winners – Lisa Friess, Laura Bernardos, Cora-Lynn von Dungern, Tristen Bryant-Otake, Lauren Joch and Kyla Dilger – to go along with newcomers Alexis Cramer and Adriana Subias.

The Lady Toppers played in one fall tournament – the MTSU Invitational – where the team was able to compete in 19 singles matches and seven doubles matches. WKU will return to organized team practices at the start of 2021 in preparation for the spring season.

2021 WKU Lady Topper Tennis Spring Schedule

Jan. 18 at Bellarmine – 1 p.m.

Jan. 23 at Lipscomb – 7 p.m.

Jan. 29 at Cincinnati – 5 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Kentucky – 5 p.m.

Feb. 5 vs. UT Martin – 2 p.m.

Feb. 6 at Northern Kentucky – 5 p.m.

Feb. 14 at Chattanooga – 2 p.m.

Feb. 22 vs. North Alabama – 1 p.m.

Feb. 27 at Butler – 2 p.m.

Feb. 28 at Ball State – 1 p.m.

Mar. 5 vs. LA Tech(at MTSU) – 1 p.m.

Mar. 6 vs. Southern Miss(at MTSU) – 11 a.m.

Mar. 7 vs. Missouri State – 11 a.m.

Mar. 12 at Austin Peay – 12 p.m.

Mar. 14 at Murray State – 1 p.m.

Mar. 21 at Belmont – 1 p.m.

Mar. 27 vs. UAB– 2 p.m.

Mar. 28 at Alabama A&M – 2 p.m.

Apr. 3 at Middle Tennessee– TBD

Apr. 7 at Tennessee State – 1 p.m.

Apr. 10 vs. Saint Louis – 11 a.m.

Apr. 11 at Dayton – TBD

Apr. 22-25 – Conference USA Championship (Denton, Texas)

Conference USA match

Hilltoppers ink Grindstaff

for Class of 2021

Western Kentucky men’s golf head coach Chan Metts announced the national letter of intent signing of Riley Grindstaff on Wednesday afternoon.

“Riley is a really good player and his game has continued to trend positively over the last 12-18 months,” Metts said in a news release. “He has been successful and able to win on junior tours and in high school golf. Riley’s work ethic and high character will allow him to make an immediate impact for our program, on the course and in the classroom.”

Grindstaff is nationally ranked in the top 150 of the 2021 signing class, per Junior Golf Scoreboard. He was the runner up in the TSSAA State Golf Tournament in October. Grindstaff is also a two-time member of the Tennessee Junior Cup.

Grindstaff was named The Sneds Tour Player of the Year in 2016 and 2018. He was also the runner up in the Tennessee Boys Junior PGA Championship earlier this year. He has recorded 35 top-three finishes in the entirety of his junior golf career.

The Franklin, Tenn., native attended Father Ryan High School, a college prep school, where he has been on the Honor Roll three times and academic Dean’s List twice.

Grindstaff was also a participant in the American Junior Golf Association’s Tennessee Cup, a junior golf fundraiser benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Snedeker Foundation.

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