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Consistency and depth push Tennis Govs in win against JSU

APSU Men’s Tennis

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team locked up its second-straight Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearance with a 6-1 OVC win against Jacksonville State, Friday, at the Austin Peay Tennis Courts.

With a young team, made of three sophomores and three freshmen, head coach Malik Tabet has the Govs positioned for a No. 2 seed when the OVC Tennis Championships begin, next week, in Paducah, KY. Last year, the Govs needed a season-finale win to sneak into the tournament, before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual-champion Eastern Kentucky.

APSU Men's Tennis, Clarksville TN.
APSU Men's Tennis, Clarksville TN.

Like most good teams, the Govs have done it with consistent play in both singles and doubles. Perhaps their main weakness last season was sore doubles, but this year Austin Peay has won the doubles point 15 times. That includes Friday’s match against JSU.

Sophomores Henrique Norbiato and Sean Bailey played a solid No. 1 doubles match, while sophomore John Storie and freshman Joao Pagan also won at No. 3 doubles. That momentum carried over to singles play.

Again, Norbiato and Bailey rolled to straight-set wins at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, respectively. Freshman Jasmin Ademovic struggled out of the gate, dropping the first set at No. 2. However, like he has done all year, Ademovic made adjustments and won the next sets with identical 6-2 scores.

Pagan and Storie, meanwhile, made up the Govs depth with wins at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively.

Austin Peay will now have a week off before the OVC championships. Tournament seeding should be announced by the league office early next week.

Austin Peay 6, Jacksonville State 1

Singles competition

1. NORBIATO, Henrique (APSU) def. KENYON, Brian (JSU) 6-4, 6-2
2. ADEMOVIC, Jasmin (APSU) def. SUNDBERG, Axel (JSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. BAILEY, Sean (APSU) def. MARCEC, Nenad (JSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. PAGAN, Joao (APSU) def. HOLZ, Gustavo (JSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. WATANABE, Felipe (JSU) def. CALLEJA, Remi (APSU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
6. STORIE, John (APSU) def. MATTHIESON, Eric (JSU) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. NORBIATO, Henrique/BAILEY, Sean (APSU) def. KENYON, Brian/HOLZ, Gustavo (JSU) 8-5
2. SUNDBERG, Axel/MARCEC, Nenad (JSU) def. CALLEJA, Remi/ADEMOVIC, Jasmin (APSU) 8-2
3. STORIE, John/PAGAN, Joao (APSU) def. WATANABE, Felipe/MATTHIESON, Eric (JSU) 8-3


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