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Three Austin Peay State University Govs collect hardware at the APSU Fall Invitational


APSU Women's TennisClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis brought home a pair of singles titles and a doubles title at the final day of the APSU Fall Invitational as the Governors capped off a successful opening weekend.

APSU Women's Tennis' (L to R) Danielle Morris, Martina Paladini-Jennings and Fabienne Schmidt took top titles at APSU Fall Invitational. (APSU Sports Information)

APSU Women’s Tennis’ (L to R) Danielle Morris, Martina Paladini-Jennings and Fabienne Schmidt took top titles at APSU Fall Invitational. (APSU Sports Information)

Junior Fabienne Schmidt and sophomore Martina Paladini-Jennings both took care of business, winning their respective flight and taking home the hardware at the APSU Fall Invitational.

The Govs also took the crown on the doubles side, with the duo of Schmidt and Danielle Morris knocking off a team from Murray State.

After dropping the Flight 1 Singles title to her own teammate last season, Fabienne Schmidt took care of business this year to keep the title in Clarksville. In Flight 2 Singles, the sophomore-transfer Martina Paladini-Jennings ran the table to claim the title in her Austin Peay State University debut.

In Flight 1 Doubles, the Govs had two teams in the semifinals to start the day. The pair of Govs from England, Paladini-Jennings and  Aleks Topalovic, dropped their semifinal match to a team from Murray State. However, the two were avenged when the Gov’s duo of Schmidt and Danielle Morris knocked off the same team from Murray State in the championship match.

In the quarterfinals of Flight 3 Singles, APSU Govs senior Ana Albertson dropped a marathon of a match to the eventual runner up of the Flight. In the second consolation matches, Topalovic dominated her match, winning 6-0 6-2. In a hard fought battle, the Governor’s lone freshman Sarah Heckel dropped her second consolation match. Heckel and Alberston also fell in a second consolation doubles match, losing by a score of 6-4.

Thoughts from Coach Ross Brown

On the Govs who won
“I’m very pleased with Fabienne Schmidt and Martina [Paladini-Jennings] winning their divisions. Martina defeated three Murray [State] players, so that makes my day! It was also very pleasing that Fabienne and Danielle [Morris] won their doubles flight!”

On the APSU Fall Invitational
“Overall it’s a very good place to start out year, but there is no question we have areas to improve. I’m proud of our women and I believe what we conveyed to conference teams is that we are going to be tough again.”


Next Up For APSU Women’s  Tennis

The Govs will be back in action September 27th when they start play at the UCA Fall Classic in Conway, AR. For all the news regarding Austin Peay State University women’s tennis, follow along on Twitter (@AustinPeayWTN).

APSU Govs Day Two Match Results

Flight 1 Singles


Fabienne Schmidt (APSU) def. Jessie Young (UTC) 6-4 6-1


Fabienne Schmidt (APSU) def. Romana Tarajova (SEMO) 6-4 7-5

Flight 2 Singles


Martina Paladini-Jennings (APSU) def. Stasya Sharapova (MUR) 6-2 6-2


Martina Paladini-Jennings (APSU) def. Sara Loncarevic (MUR) 6-3 6-2

Flight 3 Singles


Sarah Brackin (BEL) def. Ana Albertson (APSU) 7-6 (4) 6-4


Flight 1 Doubles


Chang/A. Loncarevic (MUR) def. Paladini-Jennings/Topalovic (APSU) 6-3

Schmidt/Morris (APSU) def. Zaparozhets/Young (UTC) 6-4


Schmidt/Morris (APSU) def. Chang/A. Loncarevic (MUR) 2-1 (retired)

Second Consolation Matches


Teona Velkoska (SEMO) def. Sarah Heckel (APSU) 7-5 6-2

Aleks Topalovic (APSU) def. Lauren Carelli (BEL) 6-0 6-2      


Steif/Albersmeier (UTM) def. Albertson/Heckel 6-4




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