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APSU Tennis’ Claudia Yanes Garcia and Lidia Yanes Garcia selected Top Two Players in OVC, Austin Peay ranked 2nd

 

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APSU Women's TennisClarksville, TN – Twin sisters Claudia Yanes Garcia and Lidia Yanes Garcia, of the Austin Peay State University women’s tennis team, were selected as the top two players in the Ohio Valley Conference’s Top 10 Preseason Player Rankings, Thursday, as voted by the conference’s head coaches.

APSU Tennis - Claudia Yanes Garcia and Lidia Yanes Garcia

In addition to the individual rankings, Austin Peay was picked second in the OVC’s Predicted Order of Finish.

The Govs received 59 total points, and boast a roster loaded with experience.

Claudia took the top spot after her 12-3 singles record last year, including a 7-1 mark in OVC play. She also won the Flight 2 singles draw at the USC Upstate Invitational in October, defeating East Tennessee’s Ioanna Markesini (6-2, 4-6. 6-4). She also won the APSU Fall Invitational, defeating twin sister Lidia in an epic match, 7-6(7-5), 5-7, 10-8. In addition, Claudia advanced to the Round of 32 at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals and was named to her second consecutive First-Team All-OVC in 2017.

Lidia was ranked right behind her twin sister in the preseason rankings. The reigning, two-time OVC Player of the Year went 8-4 in singles in the fall, including advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, defeating sixth-seeded Summer Dvorak (7-6, 6-4) in the Round of 16. Lidia, who also won the OVC Freshman of the Year award two years ago, also was named to her second consecutive First-Team All-OVC in 2017.

2018 OVC Women’s Top Ten Player Rankings

(as voted on by the league’s head coaches)

1. Claudia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay
2. Lidia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay
3. Oleksandra Doroshenko, Southeast Missouri
4. Asel Jumamukhambetova, UT Martin
5. Kristina Lagoda, Eastern Kentucky
6. Grace Summers, Eastern Illinois
7. Laura Argente, Eastern Kentucky
8. Viktorija Demcenkova, Eastern Kentucky
9. Stella Clife, Eastern Illinois
10.Claire Chang, Murray State

2018 OVC Women’s Tennis Predicted Order of Finish

(as voted on by the league’s head coaches)

1. Eastern Kentucky – 77
2. Austin Peay – 59
3. Eastern Illinois – 55
4. Murray State – 50
t5. Southeast Missouri – 49
t5. UT Martin – 49
7.  SIU Edwardsville – 46
8. Jacksonville State – 28
9. Belmont – 25
10. Tennessee State – 11


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