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Austin Peay Men’s Tennis loses home opener

[1]Clarksville TN –  Despite taking the doubles point and winning the No. 1 singles event, Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought dual match to Southern Illinois, Saturday, at the Austin Peay Tennis Center.

“Tough one today,” said head coach Ross Brown. “It was nice to play at home. We lost our composure a couple of times so we’ll need to see that improve.”

Senior Sean Bailey took that No. 1 singles point, crushing Southern Illinois’ Brandon Florez 6-2, 6-1. Bailey and junior Jasmin Ademovic dispatched Florez and Martijn Admiraal, 8-4, in No. 1 doubles.

The Govs took the doubles point after sophomores Dimitar Ristovski and Iago Seffrin knocked off Badr Cherradi and Johnny Rigby, 8-5, in No. 2 doubles. Ristovski and Seffrin were less successful in singles play, with Ristovski falling to Cherradi (6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (1)) in No. 3 singles and Seffrin losing to Rigby (6-3, 6-3) at No. 5.

Sophomore Aleksas Tverijonas picked the Govs other singles victory, knocking off Rafael Cuadrillero 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in No. 4 singles.

Ademovic and senior John Storie picked up singles losses. Southern Illinois’ Jorge Cavero knocked off Ademovic (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) at No. 2 singles and Storie was defeated by Admiraal (6-2, 2-6, 11-9).

The Govs will compete twice next weekend, traveling to Chattanooga, Friday, before hosting Abilene Christian, Saturday.