September 6, 2016

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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.

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