Clarksville, TN – After winning 20 consecutive regular-season matches, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis team dropped a regular-season match for the first time in 647 days when they fell to Chattanooga, 4-3, Monday at the Governors Tennis Center.
Schmidt and Topalovic fell to Chattanooga’s Jessie Young and Bogdana Zaporozhets (6-3) in the first doubles match of the day.
Playing on the third doubles line, Martina Paladini-Jennings and Sarah Heckel were paired together for the first time as Governors. Paladini-Jennings and Heckel beat Chattanooga’s Lilly Holmes and Callie Billman (6-4) to win their debut as a duo and give the Govs a shot to pick up the doubles point in the season-opening match.
The doubles point came down to the match between the No. 1 pairings, where Danielle Morris was teamed up with Jana Leder, who was made her Austin Peay State University debut in the match. Leder and Morris fell to Chattanooga’s Emma Van Hee and Caroline Gibbons (7-6(5)) as the Governors dropped the doubles point and trailed, 1-0, heading into singles play.
In singles action, the Governors picked up three points, winning the No. 1, 2, and 3 matchups. Morris, playing as the No. 2, picked up the first point for the Govs, knocking off Zaporozhets, (6-2, 6-2). Leder picked up her first win as a Governor in the No. 3 matchup, beating Chattanooga’s Caroline Gibbons (6-2, 6-4).
In the No. 1 matchup, Schmidt picked up the Governors third point, knocking off the Mocs Jessie Young (7-6(5), 7-5). After Paladini-Jennings dropped the No. 4 matchup to Chattanooga’s Van Hee (6-4, 6-1), the Govs led 3-2 heading into the final two double matches.
In the last two doubles matches, Austin Peay State University fell in to hard-fought battles. Playing as the No. 5, Topalovic fell to Chattanooga’s Holmes (6-4, 6-3) to tie the match, 3-3. In the final match, the APSU Govs lone-senior Ana Albertson was playing as the No. 6, and fell to the Moc’s Billman (6-4, 6-3), as Chattanooga won the season-opening match, 4-3.
2. Jessie Young/Bogdana Zaporozhets (UTC) def. Fabienne Schmidt/Aleks TOPALOVIC (APSU) 6-3
1. Fabienne Schmidt (APSU) def. Jessie Young (UTC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Danielle Morris (APSU) def. Bogdana Zaporozhets (UTC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jana Leder (APSU) def. Caroline Gibbons (UTC) 6-2, 6-4
4. Emma Van Hee (UTC) def. Martina Paladini-Jennings (APSU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Lilly Holmes (UTC) def. Aleks Topalovic (APSU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Callie Billman (UTC) def. Ana Albertson (APSU) 6-4, 6-3
Austin Peay 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)
Official: Scott Miller
Next Up For Austin Peay State University Tennis
The Governors will kick off a five-match road trip when they play a 10:00am, Friday, match at Central Arkansas. After the matchup with Central Arkansas, the Govs will stay in Conway, Arkansas, to play a 1:00pm, Saturday, match against Louisiana-Monroe at UCA Tennis Courts.