Tennis falls to Western Kentucky, Murray State up next
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - On Monday afternoon, the Tennessee State University tennis teams suffered a non-conference loss to Western Kentucky at the TSU Tennis Complex.

The women dropped to 0-6 on the season with a 6-1 loss while the men fell to 0-4 overall from a 7-0 defeat.

Western Kentucky's women improve to 6-4 with the men's squad moving to 8-3 on the year.

As for TSU's women, the Tigers picked up their only match point in No. 3 play when Penelope Johnson (1-5) defeated Carrie True (6-4) in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0. With the victory, Johnson records her first career win.

In No.1 doubles competition, Johnson and Meagan Haynes (0-6) led 5-4 before surrendering four sets to True and Fionna Heuff (8-3) in a 8-5 loss. WKU took the doubles point early winning the No. 2 game 8-3 and the No. 3 match 8-0.

On the men side, the Tigers surrendered the No. 6 match by default and Micah Poole retired trailing 3-0 at No. 5 play.

Coming off a win on Saturday (3/27), Lawrence Washington (1-3) dropped the top match to Thomas Krug (10-1), 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles play, TSU's No. 1 (Washington / Justin Hamm) and No. 2 (Austin Fields / Aaron Fields) teams fell by identical 8-3 scores.

Up next, Tiger Tennis will return to Ohio Valley Conference play when they travel to Murray, Ky. on Tuesday, March 30, to play Murray State. Doubles competition is slated to start at 2 p.m.

Murray State's women carry a 4-8 record and a 1-2 mark in the OVC. They will host their first match at the Bennie Purcell Tennis Courts on the campus of Murray State after hosting at Kenlake Tennis Center in Hardin, Ky.

The Racers return home from a five-game road trip recently breaking a four-game skid with a 7-0 win against Luther College in Orlando, Fla. They picked up their last conference win against Southeast Missouri State, 7-0, in Cape Girardeau on March 11 before dropping identical, 5-2, matches against Eastern Kentucky (3/20) and Morehead State (3/21).

During the preseason, Murray State was selected third in the conference's predicted order of finish receiving one first-place vote. Top returner Angela McGahee was named to the preseason All-OVC team.

The men will host their fourth of a five-game home stand while nursing a two-game skid that includes a 4-3 loss to Southern Illinois (3/27) in their last outing. They currently hold a 2-8 overall record, 0-2 in the OVC, while posting a 1-2 record at the Purcell Courts and a 0-1 mark at Kenlake. 

They picked up their last win on March 23 against Western Kentucky, 4-3, after losing league matches to Eastern Kentucky, 6-1 (3/20), and Morehead State, 5-2 (3/21).

The Racers are headed by All-OVC Preseason selection Renaldo Downey and were selected fourth in the early season team predictions.