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Tiger Tennis drop matches to Jacksonville State
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men and women's tennis teams dropped their respective matches with OVC losses to Jacksonville State on Saturday afternoon at the TSU Tennis Complex.

The men fell 6-1 in their first home match of the season with the women surrendering a 7-0 defeat.

As for the women, TSU (0-5, 0-5 OVC) opened the day losing all three doubles by the score of 8-1 (No.1), 8-0 (No.2) and 8-0 (No. 3). TSU in singles play was swept in all six matches in two sets losing 6-0, 6-0, in the two, three, and five match-ups.

In the top seeded game, Meagan Haynes played tough but dropped 6-2 in both sets to Viviane Marani.

With the team win, the Gamecocks remain unbeaten in OVC play with a 3-0 record snapping a three-game skid to move to 7-8 on the season.

On the men's side, the Tigers (0-3, 0-3 OVC) picked up their only point of the match when Lawrence Washington (1-2) outlasted Brian Kenyon, 6-2, 6-4.

In quite a number of years, the lone victory gives TSU their first win in No.1 singles play in the OVC. Washington picks up his first career win in his first season with the Big Blue.

For the rest of the field, Justin Hamm and Aaron Fields dropped their matches 6-0, 6-0, in two and three play with Austin Fields surrendering 6-0, 6-1 at the four spot.

The Gamecocks (6-9, 2-1 OVC) also picked up the number No. 5 and No. 6 games by default. The win breaks a three-game losing streak.

In doubles play, Washington and Hamm fought hard but loss the No. 1 match, 8-5, with Aa. Fields and Au. Fields losing 8-3 as the No. 2 seeds.

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.