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APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s tennis team started off strong en route to its first win of the season, defeating Cumberland University, 6-1, Tuesday, at the Governors Tennis Center.
The Governors (1-4) used a brilliant doubles performance to instill some confidence after losing the doubles point in the previous four matches.
Not long after, Timo Kiesslich and Jacob Lorino gave the Govs a 1-0 lead with a 6-2 victory of their own. Chad Woodham and Hunter Sanders also prevailed at No. 3 doubles with a 6-4 win after being down early.
The Phoenix (0-1) came out fresh for singles, taking the first set at No. 1 and No. 4 singles. However, Anton Damberg had his best performance in a Gov uniform, as he swept aside his opponent at No. 3 singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, to give the Govs a 2-0 lead.
Damberg’s victory was the turning point in the match for the Govs, as the Phoenix were controlling the early portions of the singles matches. Ozelis, who lost the first set in a tiebreak, rebounded to take the second set, 6-2. Lorino also answered back at No. 4 singles after dropping the first set, while Kiesslich also headed to a third and decisive set after splitting the first two sets.
Ozelis seized control early on in the third set, with his advantage made stronger by a game penalty on Cumberland. Ozelis fought off any comeback from his opponent to claim a three-set win and put the Govs one point away from victory.
With No. 5 and No. 6 singles getting underway, Lorino got an early break in the third and held on with many clutch points to claim the third set, 6-3, and the match for the Govs. Woodham also claimed a straight-set win and Sanders won at No. 6 singles after a solitary eight-game set.
The Govs stay at home for their next two matches, first taking on IUPUI, 2:00pm Friday, February 8th.
Results: Austin Peay 6, Cumberland 1
1. Almantas Ozelis (APSU) def. Pau Grabuleda (CU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-1
2. Ramon Puertolas (CU) def. Timo Kiesslich (APSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
3. Anton Damberg (APSU) def. Axel Lucich (CU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Jacob Lorino (APSU) def. Guillermo Pardos (CU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Chad Woodham (APSU) def. Alejo Bagnera (CU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Hunter Sanders (APSU) def. Aleksander Milosevic (CU) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)
TopicsAlmantas Ozelis, Anton Damberg, APSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Governors Tennis Center, APSU Men's Tennis, APSU Sports, APSU Tennis, Austin Peay State University, Chad Woodham, Clarksville, Clarksville TN, Cumberland, Cumberland University, Governors, Govs, Hunter Sanders, IUPUI, Jacob Lorino, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Phoenix, Timo Kiesslich
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