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Austin Peay State University Women’s Tennis drops match to Eastern Illinois


Austin Peay State University Lady GovsTerre Haute, IN -With the threat of inclement weather hanging over the Wabash Tennis Center, Austin Peay State University women’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-2 match to host Eastern Illinois, Sunday.

Austin Peay Women's Tennis. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Tennis. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (4-10, 1-3 OVC) dropped its sixth road match in seven attempts during the spring season. Eastern Illinois (7-3, 2-1 OVC) wins its first home event since Jan. 25th.

Sophomore Ornella Di Salvo knocked off Sephora Boulbahaiem, who had been 6-3 entering the weekend for Eastern Illinois. After dropping the first set, 1-6, Di Salvo battled back for the victory, taking the final two sets 6-3, 6-4, to move to 7-7 this spring and 2-2 against OVC opponents.

Sophomore Vanessa Tavares also moved to 7-7 in dual action. She knocked off Jennifer Kim in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) at No. 4 singles.

The Lady Govs nearly tied it at three wins apiece – which would have forced the teams to play doubles to determine a winner – in No. 5 singles. Sophomore Jovana Karac dominated the first set, 6-1, before dropping the last two sets 5-7, 6-0 to Ali Foster.

The Lady Govs return home for two matches next weekend, hosting Southeast Missouri, 11:00am, Friday, March 29th and UT Martin, 1:00pm, Saturday, March 30th.

Box Score

Eastern Illinois 4, Austin Peay 2
March 24th, 2013 at Terre Haute, IN (Wabash Valley Tennis Club)

Singles competition
1. PRISNER, Janelle (EIUW) def. CARRE, Alison (APSUW) 6-1, 6-4
2. DI SALVO, Ornella (APSUW) def. BOULBAHAIEM, Sephora (EIUW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. WHITLEY, Merritt (EIUW) def. CORNEA, Andra (APSUW) 6-0, 6-4
4. TAVARES, Vanessa (APSUW) def. KIM, Jennifer (EIUW) 6-4, 6-1
5. FOSTER, Ali (EIUW) def. KUBEK, Mary Theresa (APSUW) 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
6. LAIRD, Kristen (EIUW) def. COVINGTON, Julie (APSUW) 6-0, 6-0


Doubles competition

Match Notes
Austin Peay 4-10 (1-3 OVC)
Eastern Illinois 7-3 (2-1 OVC)
Ohio Valley Conference contest
… no doubles played due to time/weather issues




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