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Austin Peay State University Men’s Tennis travels to Jacksonville State

Austin Peay State University Sports Information

APSU Men's TennisClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s tennis team looks to stay unbeaten in the Ohio Valley Conference with a tough road test against Jacksonville State, at noon, Friday.

Austin Peay Men's Tennis hits the road Friday to take on Jacksonville State. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Men’s Tennis hits the road Friday to take on Jacksonville State. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors (5-11, 1-0 OVC) defeated Tennessee State in the OVC opener last weekend, but fell to North Alabama, 5-2, in non-conference action last Tuesday.

Against the Tigers, the Govs rolled to a 7-0 victory, winning every match but No. 1 doubles. The match against the Lions went a little differently, however. Despite winning the doubles point for the third consecutive match, the Lions controlled the singles portion of the match to win. Chad Woodham picked up a three-set win in doubles for the Govs.

For his performance against Tennessee State, Christian Edison was named OVC Player of the Week. The sophomore won at No. 2 doubles with Timo Kiesslich, before winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. The singles victory was the second-largest margin of victory from a Govs player this season. The award was also the first weekly award from the conference in Edison’s career.

About the Jacksonville State Gamecocks

The Gamecocks (8-4, 1-0 OVC) started the season on an absolute tear, winning their first seven matches, albeit against weaker opposition. From there, the Gamecocks faced a little tougher opposition and lost their next four matches, including road defeats to Chattanooga and Kennesaw State, whom the Govs also lost to this season. However, the Gamecocks rebounded last weekend with a 6-1 road win against Eastern Illinois in their conference opener.

The Govs have not beaten the Gamecocks since the 2015-16 season, a 4-3 win on the road. Last year, the Govs also went on the road to take on JSU, but fell by a 6-1 margin. Almantas Ozelis teamed with Aleh Drobysh for a win at No. 1 doubles, but JSU won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the doubles point.

Ozelis won his No. 1 singles match in straight sets, but the Gamecocks won the other five singles matches. Ozelis has had heaps of success against the Gamecocks, with a 5-0 career record in three separate matches. He has won all three singles matches he has played in straight sets and also won a pair of doubles matches with Drobysh.

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