SKYHAWK TENNIS SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE IN OVC QUARTERFINALS, FALLING 4-1 TO APSU
April 20, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin battled until the end today against Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Championship quarterfinals but the No. 6 seed Skyhawks came up short in a 4-1 setback at the Centennial Sportsplex.
For the sixth straight match, UT Martin earned the doubles point to establish early momentum. Asel Jumamukhambetova and Jemima Potter teamed up for a 6-1 victory at No. 1 before the Governors posted a win at No. 2. With the doubles point hanging in the balance, the No. 3 Skyhawk tandem of Andrea Plantada and Amelia Campbell broke through for a 6-4 victory.
However, No. 3 seed Austin Peay (11-8) got off to a quick start in singles and UT Martin ultimately could not recover. Jumamukhambetova was defeated by OVC Player of the Year Lidia Yanes Garcia at No. 1 by a 6-1, 6-2 margin. At No. 3, Plantada battled before falling 6-2, 6-2 to OVC Freshman of the Year Fabienne Schmidt while Potter fell to Claudia Yanes Garcia at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0. The match was wrapped up at No. 4, where Olha Burak competed throughout before falling 7-5, 6-2 to All-OVC second teamer Helena Kuppig.
Mizuki Sakurai (No. 5) and Elina Geut (No. 6) also represented the Skyhawks in singles but their matches were unfinished.
“Right now, the team is disappointed because they closed the gap in how close they are from the best teams in the league,” UT Martin head coach Dennis Taylor said. “We started off thinking that we weren’t even going to make the OVC Tournament but now the gap is so close. There is frustration there but we are not that far away – they know now that if we do things the way we did at the end of this season, we can win. I’m proud of each and every one of them.”
The Skyhawks conclude the 2017-18 season with a 4-14 overall record, including a 4-5 mark in OVC play. Today’s match marked the end of Geut’s collegiate career, as the senior out of Orenburg, Russia accumulated 41 singles wins to go along with a 27-16 doubles mark over her four seasons at UT Martin – including a combined 26-13 record against OVC opposition.