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Austin Peay Governors Tennis’ Freshmen provide depth in win at Southern Illinois

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Tennis

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team won four singles matches to pick up a 4-3 win at Southern Illinois, Friday.

The clincher came from freshman Aleksas Tverijonas at No. 5 singles. Tverijonas battled through a first-set tiebreaker and never lost his momentum, winning the deciding set 6-2. Another freshman came up big as well, with Dimitar Ristovski winning in three sets at No. 3 singles.

Austin Peay Men's Tennis (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men's Tennis (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

“Our freshmen are really starting to buy in to what we’re doing,” head coach Malik Tabet said. “Aleksas and Dimitar really fought the match. They play smart and stuck to their game plans. That’s a sign that this team is maturing and adjusting. We need more of this.”

In typical fashion, the Govs won the top two singles matches as Jasmin Ademovic and Sean Bailey each remained unbeaten at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Bailey and Ristovski also picked up a win a No. 1 doubles. The Govs had a chance to win their season’s first doubles point, but John Storie and Tverijonas couldn’t lock up a  match point at No. 3.

The Govs return to action with a 10:00am, Sunday match at ITA-ranked No. 75 Georgia State. The Bulldogs defeated the Govs, 5-2, last season in Clarksville. The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season, with their only loss coming to South Carolina.

“Georgia State is always a good team,” Tabet said. “We’re not expecting this road trip to get any easier. With Dimitar playing well to compliment with Jasmin and Sean have done, I feel like we’re getting closer. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Austin Peay 4, Southern Illinois 3

Singles competition

1. ADEMOVIC, Jasmin (APSU) def. Badr Cherradi (SIU) 7-5, 6-4
2. BAILEY, Sean (APSU) def. Stanislas Rodier (SIU) 6-2, 6-4
3. RISTOVSKI, Dimitar (APSU) def. Brandon Florez (SIU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Martijn Admiraal (SIU) def. SEFFRIN, Iago (APSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. TVERIJONAS, Aleksas (APSU) def. Rafael Cuadrillero (SIU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
6. Orhan Spahic (SIU) def. STORIE, John (APSU) 4-6, 7-6, 10-4

Doubles competition

1. BAILEY, Sean/RISTOVSKI, Dimitar (APSU) def. Martijn Admiraal/Brandon Florez (SIU) 8-3
2. Badr Cherradi/Stanislas Rodier (SIU) def. ADEMOVIC, Jasmin/SEFFRIN, Iago (APSU) 8-3
3. Szymon Opieczonek/Orhan Spahic (SIU) def. STORIE, John/TVERIJONAS, Aleksas (APSU) 9-7


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