Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men's tennis team dropped their home match to Western Kentucky in non-conference play, 7-0, at the TSU Tennis Complex Wednesday afternoon.
The men move to 0-10 overall while t he Hilltoppers jump to a 12-9 record snapping a three-match skid.
The Tigers got off to a tough start going down 8-2 in No.1 and No.2 doubles to surrender the first point of the match.
In No. 1 singles, Justin Hamm loss 6-0,6-2, to Thomas Krug and Aaron Fields dropped, 6-2, 6-3, to Andy True at No. 2.
Michael Mosley won the first set of the No. 4, 7-5, but dropped the second set, 6-4, to Andrew Swanson. In the tie breaker, Mosley went up 9-8, but several miscues resulted in a 10-8 loss to give up the set to WKU. The Tigers retired the No.5 and gave up the No. 6 by default.
The Tigers will resume Ohio Valley Conference play when they host Jacksonville State on Friday, April 10th. The match is rescheduled from an earlier postponement and is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start.
The Gamecocks are 16-2 and 4-1 in the OVC with a 7-2 road record. JSU is on a two-game win streak including a 7-0 cladding over Mercer (4/8) in Jacksonville, Ala. and are led by Eduardo Saratt and Benardo Bachino. Saratt and Bachino posts identical records at 15-2 in singles competition powering a team 84-23 (.785) in individual play.
The Gamecocks post four of the top five players in the OVC in singles competition. In doubles play, Saratt and Scott Robertson lead the pack with a 12-5 record. Collectively, they are 38-14 (.731).
The Tigers will close out the 2009 season hosting Tennesse Tech on April 11th in Nashville, Tenn. Start time is 10 a.m.