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April 13, 2009

Tennis teams wrap up OVC schedule by blanking TSU; Women visit ETSU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Ohio Valley Conference tournament picture is cleared up, and the Tennessee Tech men's and women's teams know who they will be playing next weekend after each Golden Eagle squad wrapped up conference play Saturday by blanking their Tennessee State counterpart, 7-0.

The Tech men (11-7 overall/6-2 OVC) will be seeded third and meet Eastern Illinois Friday in Paducah, Ky., site of the 2009 OVC tourney. The Golden Eagle women (7-8 overall/6-3 OVC) will close the regular season Monday with a non-conference match at East Tennessee State, then head to Paducah where they will be the fourth seed and meet Murray State.

Tech made short work of Tennessee State, with Golden Eagle players claiming straight set victories in every singles match that was played. The Golden Eagles also swept to the doubles points in lopsided fashion.

In the men's contest, Tech got an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles, and an 8-1 victory at No. 2 to bolt to a 1-0 match lead. Tech was given the No. 3 match by default.

Sophomore Dean O'Brien continued his sparkling spring performance at No. 1 singles, earning a quick 6-0, 6-0 victory over Justin Hamm to set the stage for the singles action. Josh Girling won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2, Alex Chen claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3, Justin Kirstein managed a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4, and Oscar Pachon made it a clean sweep with a win at No. 5 as Gerald Robinson, Jr., retired trailing 2-0. The No. 6 singles point also went to Tech by default to make it a 7-0 contest.

The women's match had similar results. Tech won all three doubles events, losing just one point in sweeping to the 1-0 match lead. Tech blazed to 8-0 wins at both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and grabbed an 8-1 win at No. 2.

In singles play, it was a 6-1, 6-0 win for sophomore Kelly Holtshausen at the No. 1 spot. At No. 2, Katie Barnhill rolled to a 6-0, 6-3 victory, followed by Laura Porras at No. 3 with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash. At No. 4, Evgenia Yartseva also won every point in a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Joanna Corkern tallied a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5, and Diana Woodcock made it a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 6.

The Golden Eagle women play at ETSU Monday at 1 p.m. for the final regular season action of the year under first-year head coach Dan Silverstein.