Tennis Begins Conference Play at Austin Peay
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Tennis Begins Conference Play at Austin Peay

vs Austin Peay (1-11)

Friday, March 16 | 2 p.m.
Governors Tennis Courts | Clarksville, Tenn.

vs Austin Peay (3-5)

Friday, March 16 | 10 a.m.
Governors Tennis Courts | Clarksville, Tenn.

vs Murray State (4-6)
Saturday, March 17 | 2 p.m.
Bennie Purcell Tennis Courts | Murray, Ky. 

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STARTING SERVE: The Tennessee State men’s and women's tennis teams will head to Clarksville, Tenn. to begin conference play agasint the Austin Peay Govs on Friday. The women will begin at 10 a.m. with the men's first serve at 2 p.m. 

The Tiger's women's team will then venture to Murray State alone, to battle the Racers Saturday afternoon. 

LAST TIME OUT: TSU ended its homestand with Detroit Mercy last Tuesday, with a 7-0 loss on the men's side and a 4-3 loss for the women. 

When losing the doubles point, the Tigers are 0-6 (men) and 0-2 (women), and the Titans swept doubles play, putting the Tigers at a disadvantage. Pavle Popovic was the sole male athlete in blue and white to win a set, pushing play on court six to a tiebreaker. Popovic lost 3-6, 6-2, 10-4. Big Blue women took home wins on courts three, four and six. Aarushi Kakkar dominated with a 6-3, 6-1 victory. Abhilasha Vishwanath battled through a tiebreaker set and won 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. While Phoenix Gandy took home her fifth singles win, after Sara Mitrakovic retired due to injury.  

Both teams sit at No. 2 in the conference. 

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: The Govs have had a tought non-conference season boasting a combined four wins across the men's and women's teams. The men's sole win was over a month ago over Southern Indiana. The women have victories over IUPUI, who the Tigers beat 5-2, Kennesaw State and Oral Roberts, earlier in the season. 

APSU boasts an undefeated record over the Tigers, dropping only two individual matches in both dual and tournament play since the 2014-15 season. 

SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: The Racers are sitting on a 5-6 record after winning its first conference match over Belmont on Thursday. Murray State came from behind after dropping the doubles point, and swept in singles play.  Sophomore Clair Chang sits on a 6-4 record at No. 1. While Racer Amina Hadzic is undefeated at No. 3 (4-0) and No. 4 (2-0).  

UP NEXT: The Tigers are back at home hosting SEMO and UT Martin March 23-24 at the Currey Tennis Center.