UT Martin falls just short of home sweep
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 pm
The UT Martin tennis team picked up its sixth win in as many tries in Ohio Valley Conference play Friday by downing Morehead State 6-1, but then came up just short against Eastern Kentucky Saturday in falling 4-3 in a matchup of the two best teams in the Ohio Valley Conference, both matches played at Skyhawk Varsity Courts.
The Skyhawks are now 7-9 with a 6-1 OVC slate.
UT Martin came out hot early, snatching the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 3. Jodie Tiley and Ivon Simic posted an 8-3 win at No. 1, while Katie McCall and Johanie Van Zyl recorded an 8-3 win at No. 3.
Against Morehead, the Skyhawks then emerged victorious in five of the six singles matches. Tiley won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1, while Simic earned a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 4. Anna Marie Herbold (6-2, 6-3) and Alice Laing (6-3, 6-2) were responsible for wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, while Van Zyl outlasted Victoria Cran at No. 3 (3-6, 6-4, 10-8).
For the seventh time in as many league matches, UT Martin earned the doubles point. Jodie Tiley and Ivon Simic came away with an 8-6 victory at No. 1, while Johanie Van Zyl and Katie McCall were responsible for an 8-6 win as well at No. 3.
Tiley chalked up a victory at No. 1 singles, downing Amadine Faouzi by a 6-2, 6-2 margin. Van Zyl also was victories in singles action, winning 6-4, 7-5 over Saioa Oscoz at No. 3. However, that would be the only singles wins that UT Martin could capture.
UT Martin will hold its last home match of the season at 2 p.m. today against Southern Illinois.
The match will also wrap up the home career of the team’s lone senior in Jodie Tiley. In her career, Tiley has compiled an 83-57 record (.551) in singles play and a 45-26 mark (.634) in doubles.
She has excelled throughout her career against OVC competition, going 22-9 in singles (.710) and 24-8 in doubles (.750). Published in The WCP 4.10.12