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TSU Tennis hosts Jacksonville State
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women's tennis teams will host OVC member Jacksonville State, Saturday (3/27) at 1:30 p.m. at the TSU Tennis Complex.

Last season, TSU fell to the Gamecocks in Nashville, with both squads dropping the match-ups 5-0.

The Tigers will look to serve up their first win of the season after back-to-back conference losses at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. 

The women (0-4, 0-4 OVC) and men (0-2, 0-2 OVC) will look to improve after suffering identical 7-0 losses to Morehead State (3/19) and Eastern Kentucky (3/20).

For the women, Meagan Haynes (0-4) remains the Tigers' No. 1 player in singles play scoring only three-set points on the year. Haynes joins Penelope Johnson as the No.1 tandem in doubles competition posting a 0-4 record.

As for the men, newcomer Lawrence Washington (0-2) stands as the No.1 singles player after pushing his first two matches of the season in singles play.  Washington along with Justin Hamm , make-up the Tigers' top doubles combo posting a 0-2 mark.

JSU women's team (6-8, 2-0), predicted to finish second in the OVC preseason poll, come in after a 7-0 loss to Troy University. The Gamecocks are on a three-game skid after winning six straight, which includes 4-3 wins in league play over Tennessee Tech (2/27) and Austin Peay State (3-6).

This will be JSU's fourth consecutive road match coming in with a 2-7 road record. The Gamecocks are headed in singles play by No. 1 seed Viviane Marani (3-11), and No. 2 player Martina Dessbesell (3-9).

Both make-up the No.1 doubles team (5-7) and were selected to the All-OVC preseason team after garnering All-OVC second team honors at the end of last year.

The Gamecocks' best singles play has come from the hands of Raphaela Lima and Kimberly Ferris. They post the best records in singles action with seven wins apiece.  Lima is riding a four-match win streak with an overall record of 7-1, which includes a 6-1 mark at the No. 6 spot. Ferris at 7-5 overall, has played the No. 3 - 5 matches. Both are 2-0 in OVC play.

Jacksonville State's men (5-9, 1-1 OVC) are the returning OVC tournament champions and were predicted to finish second in the conference. They currently nurse a three-game losing streak, which includes a 6-1 loss to Troy. They will play their fourth straight match on the road where they post a 1-7 record.

Earlier this season in conference play, JSU picked up a 6-1 win over Austin Peay State (6-3) after losing to Tennessee Tech 5-2.

The Gamecocks are highlighted by All-OVC preseason selection Chris Duke (5-7). Duke and teammate Axel Sunberg are the No.1 doubles team with a 6-6 record. Nenad Marcec leads the team with a 10-4 individual record with Brian Kenyon posting a 4-5 record as their top player.

Next, TSU Tennis will venture out of OVC play when they host Western Kentucky. The match is scheduled for Monday, March 29, with doubles play slated to start match-up off at 2 p.m.