O'Brien, Holtzhausen remain undefeated in OVC, teams fall at JSU

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - It was over a four hour drive down to Jacksonville, Ala. and the Tennessee Tech tennis teams were looking to have it feel shorter on the way back. But the Gamecocks proved a little stronger than the Golden Eagles as they picked up the team sweep.

The Jacksonville State men picked up a 5-2 win over Tech while the women fell 6-1.

"Both teams played well," said coach Dan Silverstein. "Both Dean and Kelly still proved why they are the reinging OVC Players of the Week."

Sophomore Dean O'Brien improved to 10-1 this spring with a win over Scott Robertson, 6-4, 7-5. He also picked up his second win over a ranked doubles team this year when he teamed up with freshman Alex Chen to win over No. 74 ranked team of Robertson and Eduardo Saratt, 9-8 (7-3).

Freshman Justin Kirstein picked up Tech's other win at no. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Gustavo Holz.

Tech's women came in with a 7-0 sweep over Southeast Missouri, but was unable to pick up the same result.

Sophomore Kelly Holtzhausen picked up the lone win for Tech at no. 1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over defending OVC Player of the Year Viviane Marani.

Fellow sophomore Katie Barnhill teamed up with Holtzhausen for the 8-6 win over Marani and Rafaila Wenzel.

Both Tech teams will return to action tomorrow then they travel to Austin Peay. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.


Jacksonville State 5, Tennessee Tech 2

Singles competition
1. #102 O'BRIEN, Dean (TTU) def. ROBERTSON, Scott (JSU) 6-4, 7-5
2. SARATT, Eduardo (JSU) def. CHEN, Alex (TTU) 6-1, 6-2
3. BACHINO, Bernardo (JSU) def. GIRLING, Josh (TTU) 6-4, 6-2
4. KIRSTEIN, Justin (TTU) def. HOLZ, Gustavo (JSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. DUKE, Chris (JSU) def. PACHON, Oscar (TTU) 7-6, 6-3
6. SOLOMON, Steffen (JSU) def. GUTIERREZ, Mario (TTU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. O'BRIEN, Dean/CHEN, Alex (TTU) def. #74 SARATT, Eduardo/ROBERTSON, Scott
(JSU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. BACHINO, Bernardo/HOLZ, Gustavo (JSU) def. GIRLING, Josh/GUTIERREZ, Mario
(TTU) 8-2
3. SOLOMON, Steffen/DUKE, Chris (JSU) def. KIRSTEIN, Justin/PACHON, Oscar (TTU)


Jacksonville State 6, Tennessee Tech 1

Singles competition
1. HOLTZHAUSEN, Kelly (TTU) def. MARANI, Viviane (JSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. DESSBESELL, Martina (JSU) def. KRUTKINA, Alena (TTU) 6-1, 6-2
3. WENZEL, Rafaila (JSU) def. BARNHILL, Katie (TTU) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
4. RENESTO, Julianna (JSU) def. PORRAS, Laura (TTU) 6-3, 6-3
5. LOPES, Eloah (JSU) def. YARTSEVA, Evgenia (TTU) 6-1, 6-0
6. FULLER, Kristen (JSU) def. CORKERN, Joanna (TTU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. BARNHILL, Katie/HOLTZHAUSEN, Kelly (TTU) def. MARANI, Viviane/WENZEL, Rafaila
(JSU) 8-6
2. LOPES, Eloah/DESSBESELL, Martina (JSU) def. KRUTKINA, Alena/YARTSEVA, Evgenia
(TTU) 8-2
3. FERRIS, Kimberly/FULLER, Kristen (JSU) def. CORKERN, Joanna/PORRAS, Laura
(TTU) 8-2