Clarksville, TN – Playing their third match in less than 72 hours, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis fell to in-state foe Middle Tennessee, 4-2, at the Governors Tennis Center.
The Governors came out hot against the Blue Raiders, with Ana Albertson and Sarah Heckel picking up their team-best eighth doubles win of the spring in the No. 3 position.
But Middle Tennessee bounced back and picked up a win in the No. 1 doubles position, turning the No. 2 matchup into a decisive match for the doubles point.
On the No. 2 line, Fabienne Schmidt and Aleks Topalovic picked up their seventh win of the spring as they claimed the doubles point for Austin Peay State University.
Leading 1-0 after doubles play, Middle Tennessee picked up wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, knocking off Schmidt and Danielle Morris to claim a 2-1 lead in the match. In the No. 3 singles match, Jana Leder dropped the first match of her Austin Peay State University career, as she fell to the Blue Raiders, who now held a 3-1 lead in the match.
But the Governors were not done yet, as the No. 4 singles match was the next to go final, with Martina Paladini-Jennings posting a win to cut the Govs deficit to just one.
But Middle Tennessee picked up the match clinching point in the No. 6 singles position, as the Blue Raiders knocked off Sarah Heckel to claim the final point of the day. In the No. 5 singles position, Topalovic won the first set and dropped the second, but her match was left unfinished after Middle Tennessee had already claimed the match.
Lee Barnard/Lidia Burrows (MT) def. Danielle Morris/Jana Leder (APSU) 7-6(5)
Fabienne Schmidt/Aleks Topalovic (APSU) def. Marta Peris Herrero/Zani Barnard 7-6 (6)
Ana Albertson/Sarah Heckel (APSU) def. Noelle Mauro/Love-Star Alexis (MT)
Zani Barnard (MT) def. Fabienne Schmidt (APSU) 6-3, 6-2
Lee Barnard (MT) def. Danielle Morris (APSU) 7-5, 6-2
Lidia Burrows (MT) def. Jana Leder (APSU) 7-6 (3), 6-3
Martina Paladini-Jennings (APSU) def. Marta Peris Herrero 7-5, 6-3
Aleks Topalovic (APSU) v. Muskan Gupta (MT) 6-2, 4-6
Noelle Mauro (MT) def. Sarah Heckel (APSU) 6-3, 6-3
Next Up For Austin Peay State University
The Austin Peay State University women’s tennis team will wrap up non-conference play with a trip to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI in a 3:00pm, Friday match. After the Govs take on IUPUI, they will kick off conference play with a 2:30pm, March 10th match at Tennessee State.