Tennis Skid Continues with Loss to Alabama A&M, Resumes OVC Play vs. Austin Peay
Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hamm picks up another win,

Robinson, Jr. earns first career win,

Lofton moves to 2-4

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University men and women's tennis teams dropped a heartbreaker to Alabama A&M inside the Hadley Park Tennis Bubble on Wednesday afternoon. The men fell 4-2 in five games played in singles competition while the women were silghted 6-1. The match was played inside due to inclement weather.

TSU Tennis moves to 0-7 on the season remaining 0-4 in Ohio Valley Conference matches.

For the men, Justin Hamm (2-5) picked up his second win of the season defeating Gregory Rodgers in two sets in the highlighted game of the match at number one, 6-0, 6-3. Gerald Robinson, Jr. (1-6) pulled off his first career with a 5-2 decision over Anthony Pickard in the fifth game.

The Bulldogs (3-13) picked up three points in the second, third, and fourth seeded games in singles competition. 

For the doubles, Hamm and Aaron Fields fell to the combination of Rodgers and Evan Brown, 8-6. Hamm and Fields defeated the AAMU top doubles team back on March 8, 8-5.

The women dropped five straight games before picking up their only point of the match by way of default, giving senior Dania Lofton (2-4) her second win on the season. In the number one match-up, Megan Haynes (0-7) loss to Te'Tsha Mixon, 6-2, 6-3. Penelope Johnson fought hard in the second seed game but loss 6-4, 6-2, to MeShala Johnson.

In doubles play, Haynes and Johnson dropped 8-3 to the Bulldogs (8-8) top team of Johnson and Brittany Jelks.

The Tigers will host Austin Peay on April 3 at 2 p.m. in OVC play.The match was originally scheduled for April 9. 

The Lady Govs are 1-13, 0-4 in OVC action carrying the same record on the road. APSU picked up their only win on the year against SIU Edwardsville, 7-0, on March 20th and are on a two-game drop losing to Tennesse Tech, 6-1, their last time out (3/31).

Third seed Michelle Liew leads APSU with the top individual record in singles competition at 10-4. As a team, the Lady Govs are 24-60 (.285) in singles competiton and 12-19 (.293) in doubles action with the team of Yuki Nakamura and Mariana Pagan leading the way with a 7-7 record.

The Governors stand at 2-12 overall with a 0-5 OVC record. APSU is 1-3 on the road and is nursing a four-game losing streak winning their last match against Southern University on March 12th, 4-3.

In singles competiton, they hold a 19-65 (.226) record with top player Renan Bezerra posting a 2-12 record in individual play. In doubles play. Lucas DeBrito and Leonardo Locatelli stand at 7-7 to calculating most of the wins to add to a 11-31 (.262) record.