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TSU Tennis releases season schedule
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women tennis teams released their 2010 schedule which includes four non-conference match-ups.

The women will host five home matches and will travel for six. The men's squad will host three and visit six teams for their road schedule.

The women will face 11 opponents beginning with back-to-back home matches against OVC members Southeast Missouri State (3/12) and UT Martin (3/14) at the TSU Tennis Complex.

The men will have nine matches on their schedule starting the 2010 campaign when they join the women on the road to visit Morehead, Ky. to play OVC member Morehead State (3/19).

Both teams will then travel to Richmond, Ky. to face Eastern Kentucky (03/20). Next, they will host Jacksonville State (3/27) and Sun-Belt conference member Western Kentucky University (3/29).

The teams will head back on the road for three consecutive matches in conference play when they visit Murray State (Murray, Ky. / 3/30), Eastern Illinois (Charleston, Ill. / 4/03) ending the road swing at Austin Peay State (Clarksville, Tenn. / 4/07).

On April 11, Western Kentucky visits again to take on the Tigers for the second time in 13 days at the TSU Tennis Complex.

The teams will serve-up one final time in the season finale when they face Tennessee Tech (4/12) in Cookeville.

If the teams qualify, they will join the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Championship hosted by Murray State. The event is scheduled for April 16-18 in Paducah, Ky.

In the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference preseason prediction, the men were selected to finish eighth and the women's team were picked to finish 10th.

Both are looking to improve from the 2009 season with neither squad posting a team victory. The women return four players in seniors Meagan Haynes , Penelope Johnson , junior Lezlie Knight , and sophomore Lia Stewart . The team lost four players from last year while adding freshmen Kwatema Mensah and Khadijah Williams to the roster.

Haynes returns as the number one player for the Tigers in singles competition with 13 matches and is one-half of the top doubles combination with Johnson. Stewart posted the only win in singles play for TSU last season going 1-7 in OVC play.

For the men, two of five players return with senior Aaron Fields and junior Justin Hamm . TSU welcomes the addition of newcomer Lawrence Washington , a transfer from Kennesaw State with junior Austin Fields joining the team for his third year of competition after missing last season.

Hamm captured the most wins in singles play with two playing the entire season as the No.1 player. Aaron Fields posted one win in singles play at No. 2 and helped manage a 1-9 record in doubles play with Hamm.

Washington will be a strong addition coming in after playing 19 matches as the number one seed his freshman season for the Owls. He registered four wins and a 1-8 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference.