UT MARTIN TENNIS OPENS FALL SLATE WITH SKYHAWK INVITATIONAL THIS WEEKEND
September 6, 2016
MARTIN, Tenn. – The defending Ohio Valley Conference champion University of Tennessee at Martin tennis squad begins its fall schedule with a home tournament on Friday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Sept. 10.
The Skyhawks will welcome in fellow OVC teams Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri, while also hosting Alabama-Huntsville. Starting at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, the first 100 fans will receive a free hot dog.
UT Martin opens its participation in the tournament at 2 p.m. on Friday, as it will take on Austin Peay in singles. The Skyhawks will square off against Southeast Missouri in doubles at 3:30 p.m. and Alabama-Huntsville in doubles at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. when UT Martin hosts Alabama-Huntsville in singles. The Skyhawks then play Southeast Missouri in singles at 1:30 p.m. and Austin Peay in doubles at 4 p.m.
Head coach Dennis Taylor enters his 30th season at the helm of the UT Martin tennis program, as the seven-time OVC Coach of the Year returns his top seven players from last season’s squad that posted a 13-11 overall record and a 9-1 OVC mark.
A trio of seniors will look to keep the Skyhawks atop the OVC standings, as Hitomi Naito (three), Sarah Candeloro (two) and Burcu Tari (one) have combined for six All-OVC honors in their storied careers.
Elina Geut, Asel Jumamukhambetova, Jemima Potter and Andrea Plantada Cortes also return this season, as those four Skyhawks combined to go 20-4 in OVC singles in 2016. Taylor has also added talented newcomer Olha Burak to the fold this season, as the sophomore earned all-conference honorable mention honors at Central Oklahoma in 2015.
The full schedule for the Skyhawk Invitational is listed below:
Friday, Sept. 9
Southeast Missouri vs. Alabama-Huntsville (singles), 1 p.m.
UT Martin vs. Austin Peay (singles), 2 p.m.
UT Martin vs. Southeast Missouri (doubles), 3:30 p.m.
Alabama-Huntsville vs. Austin Peay (doubles), 3:30 p.m.
UT Martin vs. Alabama-Huntsville (doubles), 6:45 p.m. (first 100 fans receive a free hot dog)
Southeast Missouri vs. Austin Peay (doubles), 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10
UT Martin vs. Alabama-Huntsville (singles), 9 a.m.
Southeast Missouri vs. Austin Peay (singles), 10 a.m.
UT Martin vs. Southeast Missouri (singles), 1:30 p.m.
Austin Peay vs. Alabama-Huntsville (singles), 2:30 p.m.
UT Martin vs. Austin Peay (doubles), 4 p.m.
Southeast Missouri vs. Alabama-Huntsville (doubles), 4 p.m.