Tennis Falls to Eastern Kentucky
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tennis Unable to Break Skid Against Eastern Kentucky

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University Tiger men and women's tennis teams were unable to gather their first win of the season against a tough Eastern Kentucky team dropping the match in conference play 6-0 at the TSU Tennis Complex.  

Both squads move to an identical overall 0-6 record and 0-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play. In the cold and windy morning, TSU's men scored five points total in games played while the women posted three points. Due to the weather, only singles competiton were played.

Eastern Kentucky's men picked up their fourth straight win to go 12-8 overall and 3-0 in the OVC. EKU's women move to 15-5, 4-0 in the OVC tacking on their fourth straight victory.

Justin Hamm (1-5) fell in the number one seeded singles match-up, 6-1, 6-2, to  Alex Dasizquierdo. In the number two match-up, Aaron Fields (1-5) suffered the loss to Carlos Valdennebro, 6-1, 6-1. The Tigers could not find their rhythm in the number four anf five games with Jaala Brooks losing in two sets, 6-0, 6-0, to Mel Segota and Michael Mosley going down to Nikalas Schroedor, 6-0, 6-0. Gerald Robinson, Jr. retired after trailing 3-0 to Emilio Piriz.

On the women's side, TSU dropped four games four games in two sets by the score of 6-0, 6-0. The Tigers number one player Meagan Haynes dropped her match-up to Alex Stinikova while Penelope Johnson hung tough but fell to the Colonels' Myriem Mhirit (23-4), 6-1, 6-1.

Tierra Sharpe, Lia Stewart and Melissa Martin could not garner any wins to help pull the Tigers out of the skid surrendering the third, fourth and fifth games. In the final singles play, Dania Lofton dropped a 8-1 decision to Alyze Pagal.

The Tigers will continue OVC play when they travel to Jacksonville, Ala. to play Jacksonville State on Tuesday, March 31st . The rescheduled match is scheduled for 1:30 pm.