Tigers Fall to WKU, Gears Up for Jacksonville State
Thursday, April 9, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University tennis teams dropped their home match to Western Kentucky in non-conference play at the TSU Tennis Complex Wednesday afternoon.The men fell 7-0 and the women loss 6-1.

The men move to 0-10 overall and the women now post a 0-11 record on the season.

Both WKU teams picked up their second win over TSU this season and snapped a three-match losing streaks. The Hilltoppers jump to a 12-9 record while the Lady Toppers ease to 10-5.

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.

In woman's play, the Tigers dropped four sets 6-0 and picked up all three doubles match-ups for the point. Meagan Haynes and Penelope Johnson fought hard but dropped, 8-4, to Marlou and Margot VanBussel.

In singles play, Dania Lofton picked up her fifth win of the season in the No. 6 defeating Jessi Brown, 8-4.

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).

For the women, JSU has won one out of their last four for an 11-6 overall record (4-1 OVC) while fairing 6-3 on the road. In their last match, JSU loss to Mercer 4-3 in Jacksonville, Ala. (4/8).

The Gamecocks are led by Martina Dessbesell (13-3) in singles play and the combination of Dessbesell and Eloah Lopes in doubles play. Overall JSU is 65-37 (.637) in singles and 31-19 (.620) in doubles action.

The Tigers will close out the 2009 season hosting Tennesse Tech on April 11th in Nashville, Tenn. Start time is 10 a.m.