SKYHAWK TENNIS HOSTS EASTERN KENTUCKY FOR HOME OPENER THIS SATURDAY
March 14, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. - After nine matches on the road to start off the 2018 spring campaign, the University of Tennessee at Martin tennis team squares off against Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky in its home opener on Saturday, March 17. First serve from Skyhawk Varsity Courts is set for 11 a.m.
UT Martin is in search of its first victory of the season after a grueling road slate which began on Jan. 19. In that span, the Skyhawks have went toe-to-toe with four nationally or regionally ranked squads as well as one OVC opponent.
During its four matches in six days last week, UT Martin was led in singles play by Andrea Plantada. The junior from Puzol, Spain notched a pair of singles wins in three tries while also teaming with freshman Amelia Campbell to tally a doubles victory at Samford last Monday.
The Skyhawks also received singles wins out of Elina Geut and Jemima Potter during their road swing last week. Geut managed a win at No. 6 in the aforementioned match against Samford while Potter dialed up a win at No. 2 in Friday's matchup against Jacksonville State.
Asel Jumamukhambetova, who was ranked as the fourth-best returning player in the OVC by the league's head coaches, leads UT Martin with seven singles wins on the season. She is also responsible for a team-best six singles victories in 2017-18 alongside Potter at No. 1.
The Skyhawks are 23-7 all-time against Eastern Kentucky but will be out for revenge as the Colonels upset UT Martin in the OVC Tournament semifinals last season.
Eastern Kentucky (5-8) was tabbed as the preseason OVC favorite while Kristina Lagoda (No. 5), Laura Argente (No. 7) and Viktorija Demcenkova (No. 8) were each spotlighted as top-10 returning players in the conference. Argente has been named adidas OVC Female Tennis Player of the Week twice (Feb. 14, March 7) this spring on her way to team-highs of 13 singles wins and nine doubles wins. Four of those doubles victories have come alongside Demcenkova, who also accounts for nine doubles wins on the season while earning adidas OVC Female Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 7.