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April 14, 2013

OVC CHAMPS: Tech tennis team claims league title outright with win Sunday

 

MURRAY, KY. – The Tennessee Tech tennis team swept its Ohio Valley Conference regular-season schedule by defeating Murray State 5-2 Sunday. The Golden Eagles own a 9-9 overall record, and a perfect 9-0 mark in league play.

Sunday's win marks Tech's second consecutive OVC Championship and their 17th straight OVC win. Last season, the Golden Eagles went 8-0 in conference play, and followed it up by going 9-0 this year. The Golden Eagles enter next week's conference tournament in Paducah, Ky. with the No. 1 seed.

Four Golden Eagles claimed straight set victories, as senior Syrym Abdukhalikov went undefeated in conference at the No. 1 spot in singles play this season, possessing a perfect 9-0 record. Tech also never failed to secure the doubles point, where the duo of Abdukhalikov and sophomore Alejandro Augusto went 9-0 in league play at the No.1 spot, and junior Vasily Eremeev and sophomore Artem Tarasov went 7-1 at the No. 2 spot.

Tech captured the doubles point after Abdukhalikov and Augusto defeated the Racers' Adam Taylor and Ryan Kennedy, 8-5 in the No. 1 spot. Eremeev and Tarasov outdueled Nik Mitric and Aleks Mitric, 8-3 in the No. 2 spot. The No. 3 spot went unfinished after the point was decided.

In singles play, Abdukhalikov defeated Taylor in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 1 spot. In the No. 2 spot, Augusto suffered his first defeat of conference play, falling to Tyler Jeffers in two hard fought sets, 7-5, 7-6. 

Tech claimed the match in the bottom of its roster, as the Nos. 4, 5, and 6 positions all won in straight sets. Eremeev made quick work of N. Mitrick, 6-2, 6-3, which capped off an unblemished record of 8-0 for the Russian native. In the five spot, freshman Alvaro Cintas defeated A. Mitrick, 6-2, 6-2, for his third conference victory of the season. Another TTU freshman, Othon Lima, defeated Racer Stegan Musa, 6-1, 6-1.

As the top seed in the OVC Tournamament, the Golden Eagles have a bye for Friday's first round matches. Tech will play Saturday in the seminfinals against the winner of the four and five seeds. Saturday's match is at 2 p.m.

The three-day event, which is being hosted by Austin Peay, will be held April 19-21 at the Heflin Tennis Center in Paducah, KY.

A win Saturday would put Tech into the championship match on Sunday at 2 p.m., with the winner receiving the league's automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

 

Tennessee Tech 5, Murray State 2
Singles competition
1. Syrym Abdukhalikov (TTU) def. Adam Taylor (MUR) 6-1, 6-4
2. Tyler Jeffers (MUR) def. Alejandro Augusto (TTU) 7-5, 7-6
3. Ryan Kennedy (MUR) def. Artem Tarasov (TTU) 6-4, 3-4, disqualified
4. Vasily Eremeev (TTU) def. Nik Mitric (MUR) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alvaro Cintas (TTU) def. Aleks Mitric (MUR) 6-2, 6-2
6. Othon Lima (TTU) def. Stefan Musa (MUR) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Syrym Abdukhalikov/Alejandro Augusto (TTU) def. Adam Taylor/Ryan Kennedy (MUR) 8-5
2. Vasily Eremeev/Artem Tarasov (TTU) def. Nik Mitric/Aleks Mitric (MUR) 8-3
3. Alvaro Cintas/Othon Lima (TTU) def. Tyler Jeffers/Stefan Musa (MUR) 8-2

Match Notes:
Tennessee Tech 9-9, 9-0 OVC
Murray State 2-18, 1-8 OVC