Tennis Suffers Tough Loss to Austin Peay, Hosts Eastern Illinois Next
Friday, April 3, 2009

Tigers Drop 0-2 in Three Day Homestand

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men and women's tennis teams dropped a 7-0 OVC loss to Austin Peay State at the TSU Tennis Complex Friday afternoon. The teams move to mirror 0-8 records and carry an 0-5 mark in the OVC.

The Governors now post a 3-13 mark with the Lady Govs standing at 2-13 overall. Both teams picked up their first conference win of the season and post a 1-4 OVC record alike.

The men's team could not recover from a tough loss the day before dropping seven sets by the score 6-0. The Tigers gave up the fifth game, retiring 5-0, and defaulted on the sixth-seed match-up. Early on in doubles play, Justin Hamm and Aaron Fields won two games but fell 8-2 to Lucas DeBrito and Leonardo Locatelli.

On the women's side, the Tiger dropped seven sets, 6-0, with the most suspensful matches coming in the number five and six seeds. Melissa Martin battled hard down, 6-1, winning four sets, but could not hold off Brittany Hayes in game two losing, 6-4. Dania Lofton (2-5) could not take advantage of opportunities late in the second set losing to Alexandria Pyle, 6-1, 7-6 (15-13).

The squads will finish a three-game homestand in consecutive days when they face-off against Eastern Illinois in conference play on Saturday, April 4th. Match time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

EIU's men are 9-8 overall, 2-3 in the OVC while their women hold an overall record of 6-10, 2-3 in the OVC.

The Panthers are on a two-game win streak including a 5-2 win over UT Martin (3/29). Vuk Milicevic and Drew Grimaldi lead EIU 52-50 (.510) sinlges play. Milicevic carries a 11-6 rcord and Grimaldi rounds out at 10-7.

In the doubles, the team of Milicevic and Jordan Nestrud (12-1) power the team's 26-22 (.542) doubles-competition record.

For EIU's women, lost their last time on the court to UT Martin (3/29), 5-2 after defeating Austin Peay, 4-3 (3/28).

Annie Egan holds the best individual record at 7-7 and EIU enters with 40-56 (.417) record in singles. The Panthers have experimented with different doubles combinations resulting in a 21-27 (.438) record. Cara Huck and Jalina Fry carry the top dobles record for the Panthers at 7-4 while Hayley Hamburg and Amanda Dibbs post a 4-1 mark.

Next up, women's tennis will hit the road for the last time on the year when they travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to play Southeast Missouri State in OVC play on Monday, April 6. Match time is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.