Women's Tennis loses to Southeast Missouri State, hosts UT Martin next
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Southeast Missouri State in OVC play on Friday afternoon (3/12).

Due to weather conditions, the match took place inside the Hadley Park Tennis Bubble.

TSU opens the season with a 0-1 mark posting the same record in conference play while SEMO improves to 2-7 overall and 1-1 in the OVC.

The Tigers fell behind early after dropping all three double competitions, 8-4, 8-0, 8-0, playing an eight-point pro-set.

The No. 1 doubles duo of Meagan Haynes and Penelope Johnson played hard but fell to SEMO's Nikole Novikova and Laura Garcia, 8-4, for what would be the Tigers best showing of the day.

In singles competition, TSU scored eight points collectively. Lia Stewart fell to Alyce Kelly, 6-2, 6-0, in No. 2 play.

In No. 3 action, Johnson loss the first set, 6-1, but battled in the second losing to Elise Nattier, 6-3.

Next, the Tigers return to action at home when they face UT Martin in OVC play. The match is scheduled for Saturday, (3/13) at 2 p.m.

The Tigers are 0-14 when facing the Skyhawks (2-2) after losing, 7-0, last season in Martin, Tenn. In No. 1 play, UTM's Martie Wahl defeated Haynes, 6-1, 6-2. Wahl, a 2010 Preseason and 2009 All-OVC selection, leads the Skyhawks with a 2-2 record in singles competition in No. 2 and No. 3 play.

This will be the Skyhawks' first conference match after their scheduled OVC meeting against Jacksonville State on Thursday (3/11) was canceled. Their last match was a 6-1 loss at Arkansas State on March 6 after winning 7-0 against Bethel (2/25). 

For their No. 1 player, 2009 OVC Freshman of the Year, Jodie Tiley brings in a 1-3 record after dropping her last outing against Arkansas State. In addition, several players enter notching two wins apiece in singles play. 

Anna Winkelmann posts a 2-0 mark with wins at the No. 3 and No. 4 seed. Anna Marie Herbold (2-2) and Alice Laing (2-1) both picked up wins in No. 5 and No. 6 play.

TSU Tennis will return to action when the men and women's teams head to Morehead State for conference play. The match is scheduled for Friday, March 19, at 3 p.m. on the Sadler Courts.