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Austin Peay State University Women’s Tennis travels to Murfreesboro for ITA Ohio Valley Regionals

APSU Women's TennisClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis team travels to Murfreesboro for their third fall tournament with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regionals hosted by Middle Tennessee, Thursday-Monday, at the Adams Tennis Center.

The Governors had in their last outing success at the UCA 2nd Fall Invitational, October 3rd-4th, picking up 11 singles and six doubles victories at the two-day event.

Denise Torrealba continued the dominant start to her freshman campaign, posting a perfect 3-0 singles record to remain unbeaten in four contests. Torrealba also won a pair of doubles matches alongside Jana Leder

2021-22 APSU  Women's Tennis - Aleks Topalovic. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)The Govs last competed at the Ohio Valley Regionals in 2019 when then-sophomore newcomer Aleks Topalovic led the team to a Flight B Championship appearance. 

In that 2019 appearance, Danielle Morris and APSU alumna Fabienne Schmidt upset the No. 5 doubles pairing from Tennessee to advance to the quarterfinals where they dropped a close 8-6 decision to the No. 2 doubles team from Kentucky.

2021-22 APSU  Women's Tennis - Danielle Morris. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Morris has come out hot to start her senior campaign. In Conway, the Brisbane, Australia native picked up a three-set victory over the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year in Southeast Missouri’s Romana Tarajova. She then defeated Louisiana Tech’s Leonie Schuknect in an extended 10-point tiebreaker to remain a perfect 2-0 in singles through the fall.

Morris has won a pair of doubles matches through the fall alongside senior Honoka Nakanishi who is tied with Leder for second on the team with three singles victories.

2021-22 APSU  Women's Tennis - Yu-Hua Cheng. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)The Govs will showcase three new doubles lineups at the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals with Morris and Torrealba, Yu-Hua Cheng and Martina Paladini-Jennings, and Leder and Nakanishi all pairing up for the first time in their careers. 

APSU kicks off the tournament at 9:00am, Saturday, with singles followed by doubles beginning at 3:30pm that afternoon.

Following the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals, Austin Peay State University wraps up its fall season, October 29th-30th, in Florence, Alabama at North Alabama.

Qualifying Draw Results

Qualifying Singles 

Honoka Nakanishi (APSU) def. Lilly-Sophie Schmidt (MTSU) 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3

Seira Shimizu (Purdue) def. Yu-Hua Cheng (APSU) 6-1, 6-3

Day Two Matchups 


Denise Torrealba (APSU) vs. Lidia Gonzales (Kentucky)

Jana Leder (APSU) vs. Seira Shimizu (Purdue)

Danielle Morris (APSU) vs. Anessa Lee (Vanderbilt)

Martina Paladini-Jennings (APSU) vs. Carlota Molina (Kentucky) 

Honoka Nakanishi (APSU) vs. Miriam Grosmann (Memphis)


Morris / Torrealba (APSU) vs. Mertena / Tomase (UT)

Cheng / Paladini-Jennings (APSU) vs. Arrese / Gonzalez (Kentucky)

Leder / Nakanishi (APSU) vs. Ochalik / Grubb (IUPUI)

All-OVC Returners

2021-22 APSU  Women's Tennis - Jana Leder. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)The APSU Govs had a trio of All-OVC selections last spring, including returners Jana Leder and Danielle Morris.

After finishing the season with 11-straight singles victories –including an 8-0 mark in conference play— Leder was named the OVC Co-Freshman of the Year and First Team All-OVC. 

Morris won six straight singles matches to end her junior campaign, including a marathon victory over Southeast Missouri’s Daniela Hlacikova to seal the Govs’ second straight OVC Championship. She finished the season 9-5 singles and a 12-3 doubles record and was named Second Team All-OVC in the spring.

Too early to say Freshman of the Year?

2021-22 APSU  Women's Tennis - Denise Torrealba. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Freshman Denise Torrealba leads the Govs with a perfect 4-0 record in singles play through two tournaments this fall.

The Neu-Isenburg, Germany native went a perfect 3-0 at the UCA 2nd Fall Invitational, October 3rd-4th, and picked up a pair of doubles victories alongside redshirt sophomore –and last year’s OVC Freshman of the Year – Jana Leder.

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