Nashville, Tenn. - For another season the Tennessee State University tennis teams will take a break from OVC play when they host Western Kentucky in non-conference play for the first of two meetings on the year. The match is scheduled for Monday, March 29, at the TSU Tennis Complex.
TSU Tennis is coming off an OVC loss to Jacksonville State on Saturday (3/27) with the men dropping a 6-1 decision while the women fell 7-0. Having played all conference matches thus far, both squads are searching for their first win of the year with the men posting a 0-3 record while the women enter at 0-4.
Last year, the Tigers hosted the Hilltoppers on two occasions in Nashville on March 20 and April 8, 2009. The men loss both meetings 7-0 while the women loss 7-0 (3/20/09) and 6-1 (4/8/09).
For the men, TSU is led by Lawrence Washington (1-2) in No.1 singles. Washington is fresh off his first win of the season while collecting the only win on the season in individual play this year.
Washington joins Justin Hamm (0-3) as the team's No.1 combination in doubles play with the duo coming off a tough 8-5 loss in their last outing.
The women's team is experiencing a tough first half of the season, however, the line-up in the No.1 - 3 singles play has remain consistent with Meagan Haynes , Lia Stewart and Penelope Johnson . Haynes and Johnson (0-3) both make-up the No.1 doubles team for the Tigers.
Both Western Kentucky teams enter after losing to Lindsey Wilson (3/27) while three matches in March were canceled. On the year, the women are 5-4 overall and the men come in with a team record of 7-3. Both teams are 2-2 on the road.
The men's team is riding a two-game losing streak after picking up their last win against Southern Indiana (3/18), 4-3.
In singles competition, WKU is 37-23 (.617) with doubles posting a 16-14 (.533) record after suffering identical team losses to Murray State (3/23) and Lindesy Wilson (3/27), 4-3.
The Hilltoppers come in with a pair of players with 9-1 records in singles play. Thomas Krug plays the No. 1 seed and is on a nine-match win streak after opening the season with a loss and Lance Freeman has won his last eight, picking up wins as the No. 4, 5, and 6 seed. Arul Selvan is also having a good season with a 7-2 record with wins in No.3, 4, and 5 play.
As for WKU's women, they enter after winning back-to-back matches at Alabama-Huntsville (3/7), 6-1, and Alabama State (3/8), 7-0. With their next three matches canceled, the Lady Toppers were rusty dropping a 6-1 loss to Lindsey Wilson.
Collectively, the Lady Toppers are 34-20 (.630) in singles play and 19-8 (.704) in doubles. Having juggled much of their line-up, three players post similar 6-3 individual marks in Katrina Vucina, Leanne Caplinger, and Carrie True.
Vucina has played three matches as the top player, but has gathered most of her wins as No.2 (5-1). True has played the entire season at No. 3 with Caplinger managing her best record at No. 5 (4-1).
For the No. 1 doubles team, Vucina and Fionna Heuff have played the season side-by-side posting a 7-2 record. Heuff has seen the most matches at No.1 going 1-4 in the slot but remains unbeaten at No.2 with a 3-0 record.
Up next, Tiger Tennis will return to OVC play when they travel to Murray State on Tuesday, March, 30, at 2 p.m. in Murray, Ky.