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Austin Peay State University Men’s Tennis loses to Belmont

Austin Peay State University Sports Information 

APSU Men's TennisClarksville, TNHunter Sanders and Anton Damberg picked up singles wins, but it was not enough for the Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s tennis team, falling to Belmont, 5-2, Saturday, at the Governors Tennis Center.

Austin Peay Men's Tennis falls 5-2 to Belmont at home, Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Men’s Tennis falls 5-2 to Belmont at home, Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors (6-14, 2-3 OVC) honored Sanders, Chad Woodham, and Almantas Ozelis on Senior Day, but missed an opportunity for a signature win before next week’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

The Bruins (12-9, 4-1 OVC) dominated the doubles portion of the match, taking the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches, 6-2, in each match to go up 1-0.

The Govs started to fight back in singles, but the Bruins did sweep at No. 2 singles to go up 2-0. At the No. 1 spot, Ozelis took on reigning OVC Player of the Year Hendrik Inno. Ozelis won the first set, 6-4, but Inno came back to win three sets, putting Belmont up 3-0.

It was the same sort of story for the Govs at No. 4 singles, falling just shy of another singles win that could have turned the tide of the match. Timo Kiesslich lost the first set to Vincent Sterkens, but rebounded for a second-set win. However, Sterkens got another early break in the third set and claimed the match for Belmont.

Damberg also won the first set at No. 3 singles, but was forced to a third set. The Swede came through for the Govs, taking the final set, 6-2, to put the Govs on the board.

Sanders dominated his opponent at No. 6 singles, winning 6-4, 6-1, to cap his last home match as a Gov.

The Govs will enter next weekend’s OVC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will play the No. 5 seed, Eastern Illinois, 2:00pm, Friday, at Centennial Sportsplex. The Govs defeated the Panthers 4-0 two weeks ago.

Box Score

Belmont 5, Austin Peay 2


1. Hendrik Inno/Zak Khan (BELM) def. Almantas Ozelis/Anton Damberg (APSU) 6-2

2. Marko Ilic/Jake Briggs (BELM) def. Christian Edison/Timo Kiesslich (APSU) 6-2

3. Jacob Lorino/Chad Woodham (APSU) vs. Vincent Sterkens/Grant Kelly (BELM) 3-5, unfinished




1. Hendrik Inno (BELM) def. Almantas Ozelis (APSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

2. Marko Ilic (BELM) def. Christian Edison (APSU) 6-2, 7-5

3. Anton Damberg (APSU) def. Zak Khan (BELM) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

4. Vincent Sterkens (BELM) def. Timo Kiesslich (APSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

5. Jake Briggs (BELM) def. Jacob Lorino (APSU) 6-3, 6-4

6. Hunter Sanders (APSU) def. David Faulkner (BELM) 6-4, 6-1

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


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