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Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s tennis team put in a gutsy performance, but had a couple breaks fail to go their way in a loss to Butler, Wednesday, at the Governors Tennis Courts.
The Governors (3-10) were returning home for their first outdoor match at home this season, after getting some good outdoor practice in their road trip down south last week.
The doubles portion of the match was hotly contested, but the Bulldogs (11-4) struck first at No. 1 doubles. The Govs immediately responded, with Chad Woodham and Jacob Lorino combining for a win at No. 3 doubles. Lorino, who went 2-0 against Butler at the Ohio Valley Regionals last fall, had Butler’s number, especially in doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, the Govs led early on, but Butler broke serve to lead 5-3. The Govs broke back to even things up at 5-5, but the Bulldogs won the final two games to claim the doubles point.
In singles, most of the matches were competitive, particularly at the top of the lineup. Christian Edison and Anton Damberg both won the first sets of their matches, but the Bulldogs won the first sets in the other four singles matches.
Butler seized control of No. 5 and No. 4 singles to take a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs clinched the match with a win at No. 1 singles, despite a close match that simply did not go the way of Almantas Ozelis. Damberg and Edison both fell in three sets as well, with both losing the final set tiebreaker in heartbreaking fashion.
The Govs are on a 10-day hiatus before opening up Ohio Valley Conference play against Tennessee State.
Butler 7, Austin Peay 0
1. Mason Dragos (BUT) def. Almantas Ozelis (APSU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Thomas Brennan (BUT) def. Christian Edison (APSU) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0
3. Aviv Ben Shabat (BUT) def. Anton Damberg (APSU) 6-7, 7-6, 1-0
4. Spencer Lang (BUT) def. Timo Kiesslich (APSU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Adrian Mag (BUT) def. Jacob Lorino (APSU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Ryan Roegner (BUT) def. Hunter Sanders (APSU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,1,6,2,3)
TopicsAlmantas Ozelis, Anton Damberg, APSU, APSU Athletics, APSU Men's Tennis, APSU Sports, APSU Tennis, Austin Peay State University, Bulldogs, Butler, Chad Woodham, Christian Edison, Clarksville, Clarksville TN, Governors, Governors Tennis Courts, Govs, Hunter Sanders, Jacob Lorino, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC, Tennessee State, Timo Kiesslich
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