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APSU Men’s Tennis defeats Easter Illinois for first OVC win

 

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APSU Men's TennisClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team provided a clutch performance en route to earning its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season, defeating Eastern Illinois, 5-2, Saturday, at the Governors Indoor Tennis Center.

The Govs (2-15, 1-4 OVC) started out hot with the No. 1 doubles team of Almantas Ozelis and Aleh Drobysh picking up a win.

Austin Peay Men's Tennis gets home win over Eastern Illinois on Senior Day. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Tennis gets home win over Eastern Illinois on Senior Day. (APSU Sports Information)

However, the Panthers (5-16, 1-5 OVC) struck back with a win at No. 3 doubles.

This left the No. 2 pairing of Chad Woodham and Evan Bottorff on the court needing a win to take the doubles point. The duo went up a break early and held on for a 6-4 win to give the Govs a 1-0 lead.

In singles, the Govs continued to pile on the pressure on the Panthers. Christian Edison produced one of his best performances of the year, winning at No. 2 singles over EIU’s Grant Reiman (6-1, 6-4). Timo Kiesslich was next to finish for the Govs, as he swept Gage Kingsmith at No. 4 singles (7-5, 6-0).

It was fitting for the Govs that senior Aleh Drobysh, who was honored after the match on Senior Day, clinched the match for Austin Peay with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. The Govs also got a singles win from Jacob Lorino, who easily swept his opponent aside at No. 5 singles.

Box Score

Austin Peay 5, Eastern Illinois 2

Doubles

1. Almantas Ozelis/Aleh Drobysh (APSU) def. Gage Kingsmith/Jared Woodson (EIU) 6-3

2. Chad Woodham/Evan Bottorff (APSU) def. Freddie O’Brien/Trent Reiman (EIU) 6-4

3. Grant Reiman/Logan Charbonneau (EIU) def. Jacob Lorino/Christian Edison (APSU) 6-3

Singles

1. Freddie O’Brien (EIU) def. Almantas Ozelis (APSU) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

2. Christian Edison (APSU) def. Grant Reiman (EIU) 6-1, 6-4

3. Aleh Drobysh (APSU) def. Logan Charbonneau (EIU) 6-3, 6-3

4. Timo Kiesslich (APSU) def. Gage Kingsmith (EIU) 7-5, 6-0

5. Jacob Lorino (APSU) def. Trent Reiman (EIU) 6-1, 6-1

6. Jared Woodson (EIU) def. Chad Woodham (APSU) 6-4, 1-6, 10-7

Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6)


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