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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:02 am

Sports Briefs

OVC baseball tickets on sale in Jackson

The Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament will be held this week at Pringles Park in Jackson.
It marks the second straight year the event has been held at Pringles Park, which is the home of the Jackson Generals, the AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The double-elimination tournament includes the top six teams from the OVC.
The six-team, double-elimination tournament marks the 33rd OVC Baseball Championship.
All tickets for the event are general admission and are $10 per day or $30 for an all-session ticket.
OVC students and faculty with valid ID’s can purchase tickets for $8 per day or $25 for an all-session ticket.
Parking for the OVC Baseball Championship is free.
Tickets are available in-person at the Pringles Park box office or by calling (731) 988-5299.
Group rates ($8 single session, $25 all-session) are also available by contacting the ticket office.

Generals and OVC
to host youth clinic

The Ohio Valley Conference and the Jackson Generals will hold a free youth clinic in conjunction with this year’s OVC Baseball Tournament.
The clinic will be held this afternoon from 5-6:15 p.m. at Pringles Park.
The clinic will feature OVC coaches and student-athletes interacting with youth in hitting, pitching and fielding drills.
The clinic is free and open to boys and girls 12 years of age and under. All participants are asked to wear athletic attire (shorts, T-shirt, tennis shoes) and bring their own glove.
Registration will take place at Pringles Park on May 24 (there is no pre-registration).

Skyhawk gal Van Zyl
named All-Academic

UT Martin sophomore tennis player Johanie Van Zyl has been named to the Academic All-District IV second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Van Zyl, a mathematics major from Ashton, South Africa, sports a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is the only Ohio Valley Conference tennis player to be honored by CoSIDA.
To be eligible for nomination to this award, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing, have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and be a major contributor to his or her team.
Excellence in the classroom has been a constant for Skyhawk tennis under head coach Dennis Taylor, as the team averaged a 3.79 grade point average this spring, with three perfect 4.0 GPA’s on UT Martin’s academic resume.
Van Zyl was named to the All-OVC second team. Overall, she went 9-5 in singles play and 12-6 in doubles action.

including an unblemished 7-0 record against OVC competition in both of those categories.


A turning point for the Skyhawks’ entire season hinged on the will and determination of Van Zyl on March 19 at Eastern Kentucky. With the match tied at 3-all in the team’s OVC opener, she produced a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 triumph to give UT Martin a 4-3 victory. Four days later, she was named the league’s adidas OVC Female Tennis Athlete of the Week.


The Eastern Kentucky victory sparked both the team and Van Zyl, as she won her next 15 matches (singles and doubles combined) for four full weeks thereafter. She ended her season on a nine-match win streak alongside partner Katie McCall in doubles.


The Skyhawks ended the season with their fifth OVC championship, going 12-9 overall with a 7-1 league mark. UT Martin won 11 of its last 15 matches and recorded double-figures in the win column for the 15th time in 19 years as a Division-I member.

wcp 5/24/11


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