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Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis team aims to become the first Ohio Valley Conference program to win an NCAA Tournament match when they meet No. 22 Wake Forest, 10:00am, Saturday, May 4th, 2019 in Athens, GA.
The Governors (22-0, 8-0 OVC) earned the No. 3 seed in the four-team regional. Host Georgia, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, takes on No. 4 Alabama State in the opening round’s other match.
The Govs are coming off a dominant OVC Tournament Championship victory, defeating Southeast Missouri and UT Martin by 4-0 scores to win their first tournament title since the 2010 season.
The Redhawks and Skyhawks had opportunities to take the doubles point, but the Govs came up huge in each doubles portion to claim the advantage. Tatiana Lopez and partner Honoka Nakanishi were down 5-2 in the deciding doubles match against SEMO, but rallied off five straight games to claim the doubles point and extend their still active winning streak to 13 matches.
Against the Skyhawks, Schmidt and Morris were down 4-2 before winning four straight games as Lidia and Claudia Yanes Garcia also picked up a win. The twins won 6-2, but won three of four deuces, including in the clinching game.
Lidia Yanes Garcia and Lopez won both singles matches they played over the weekend, with Danielle Morris (against SEMO) and Fabienne Schmidt (against UT Martin) also chipping in with singles victories. Lopez won the championship point for the Govs, with her opponent hitting a ball into the net that sent the Govs pouring on Court No. 3 to celebrate.
Helena Kuppig saw both of her singles matches go unfinished, but she still carries a 16-match winning streak into the tournament, tied for third all-time in program history. Lidia (13) and Schmidt (12) also have winning streaks that have broken into doubles digits.
About the Wake Forest Demon Deacons
|Doubles||No. 22 Wake Forest||Record (Spring)||Austin Peay||Record (Spring)|
|No. 1||No. 34 Emma Davis/Chandler Carter||19-14 (15-10)||Tatiana Lopez/Honoka Nakanishi||13-1 (13-1)|
|No. 2||No. 79 Eliza Omirou/Mary Caroline Meredith||19-5 (16-5)||Claudia Yanes Garcia/Lidia Yanes Garcia||19-6 (15-5)|
|No. 3||Alexis Franco/Anna Ulyashchenko||3-2 (2-2)||Fabienne Schmidt/Danielle Morris||9-2 (9-2)|
|Singles||No. 22 Wake Forest||Record (Spring)||Austin Peay||Record (Spring)|
|No. 1||No. 35 Emma Davis||22-14 (15-9)||Claudia Yanes Garcia||21-4 (17-2)|
|No. 2||Anna Ulyashchenko||15-19 (11-12)||Lidia Yanes Garcia||29-4 (21-1)|
|No. 3||Eliza Omirou||20-10 (15-6)||Tatiana Lopez||22-6 (19-2)|
|No. 4||Saby Nihalani||17-12 (12-9)||Fabienne Schmidt||19-4 (12-1)|
|No. 5||Anna Brylin||14-9 (10-5)||Helena Kuppig||20-4 (17-1)|
|No. 6||Chandler Carter||16-10 (13-5)||Danielle Morris||21-6 (17-3)|
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