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Austin Peay Governors Tennis travels Cookeville to face the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in an OVC Showdown


Austin Peay at Tennessee Tech

Thursday, March 5th | 12:00pm
Cookeville, TN | Tech Tennis Courts

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team returns to Ohio Valley Conference play with a noon, Thursday match at Tennessee Tech.

The Govs will look to build on the momentum gained at the Sun Belt Shootout, where they went 1-3, losing to Middle Tennessee and Troy, but closing with a win against Southern Illinois. It was a match where the Govs showed depth with wins at No. 4 singles from Aleksas Tverijonas and at No. 6 from Michal Hriciste.

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

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

“We’re really starting to show some work ethic,” head coach Malik Tabet said. “This team has a lot of drive and it was exciting to see them rally behind each other during the weekend. These guys have a chance to be really good.”

It has been junior Sean Bailey and sophomore Jasmin Ademovic leading the Govs at the top of the lineup. Bailey has won seven matches in row, while Ademovic is 5-2 since moving to No. 2 singles. Those two lead a group of four Govs – Hriciste and freshman Dimitar Ristovski – with perfect 3-0 OVC marks.

Tennessee Tech is unbeaten in league play with a 5-0 mark, coming off a 5-2 win against Jacksonville State. The Golden Eagles appear to one of the top contenders as OVC play winds down, led by Syrym Abdukhalikov at No. 1 singles. Alejandro Augusto and Justin Kirstein are both 5-0 in OVC play, at Nos. 3 and 5 singles, respectively.




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