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APSU Govs face middle of the pack road battle at EIU

Austin Peay State University Sports Information

APSU Men's TennisClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s tennis team travels to Eastern Illinois for its final road match of the season, 10:00am, Friday, April 12th.

The Governors (5-13, 1-2 OVC) had a rough time in their last outing, falling 7-0 at home to Tennessee Tech, the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions.

Austin Peay Men's Tennis travels to Eastern Illinois, Friday. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Men’s Tennis travels to Eastern Illinois, Friday. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs will rely heavily on the duo of Timo Kiesslich [2] and Christian Edison [3] in doubles. Together, the pair has won four straight matches and is unbeaten in conference play.

Despite being only 1-2 in conference play, the Govs still have an opportunity to finish in the top half of the standings. A win would improve their record to 2-2 in the OVC, with only Belmont (likely to be 3-1 after this weekend) remaining.

A win against the Bruins would more than likely mean a top three placing heading into the OVC Tournament. The Govs need a lot to happen if they want any chance at a bye, which the top two teams in the standings receive, namely winning out and having Tennessee Tech lose out.

About the Eastern Illinois Panthers

The Panthers (13-13, 1-3 OVC) have a large amount of tennis under their belt this season. EIU has some decent wins in non-conference play, defeating Saint Louis and Wright State, but have lost all matches to the current top three in the OVC (Jacksonville State, Belmont, Tennessee Tech). The Panthers are riding a two-match win streak, defeating Tennessee State for their first OVC win and then Martin Methodist in non-conference action.

The Govs have not lost to the Panthers since the 2008-09 season, winning nine straight matches. Last season, the Govs defeated the Panthers by a 5-2 score in Clarksville. Aleh Drobysh [4] won in singles and doubles for the Govs, with Edison, Kiesslich, and Jacob Lorino [5] all picking up singles wins as well.

The player to watch for the Panthers is Freddie O’Brien. O’Brien has a solid 15-7 singles mark this spring, all at the No. 1 position. He has won his last four singles matches as well. O’Brien boasts an impressive 17-2 doubles record, including a 12-0 mark at the No. 3 spot with Logan Charbonneau. O’Brien is poised to meet APSU senior Almantas Ozelis [6] in singles and doubles once again. Last season, O’Brien claimed a three-set win over Ozelis.

Due to potential weather, the match may be moved from Charleston, Ill. to Champaign, Ill. As a result, the match would be treated as a neutral site match. Stay tuned to @AustinPeayMTN on Twitter for all the latest updates.