Clarksville, Tenn. – Senior John Storie, of the Austin Peay State University men’s tennis team, has been named the Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week.
Storie was the story for the Govs at the OVC Tennis Championships. The Johnson City, Tenn., native won both his singles matches and both doubles matches with Aleksas Tverijonas to help Austin Peay clinch its first OVC Tennis title since 1974.
Storie and Tverijonas clinched the doubles point for the Govs in the semifinals, with an 8-6 victory over Eastern Kentucky’s Daridge Saidi and Joao Maio. Storie’s 7-6 (13-11), 6-0 victory against Maio at No. 5 singles clinched the match for Austin Peay and propelled the Govs to the OVC Championship match for the second time in the past three seasons.
Storie and Tverijonas again clinched the doubles point against Belmont in Sunday’s final, defeating Bruno Silva and Henrik Claesson, 8-3. Storie’s No. 5 singles win against Claesson (6-4, 6-4) put the Govs ahead 3-1 before sophomore Dimitar Ristovski’s championship-clinching No. 3 victory.
Heading into the NCAA Tennis Championships, beginning May 11, Storie’s four-match win streak is the longest active streak among the Govs.
The Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week is selected by the APSU Sports Information staff each Tuesday during the academic year. Copies in a Flash, of Clarksville, sponsors the award.
Other notable performances by Austin Peay athletes included:
- Senior outfielder Cody Hudson, of the baseball team, earned OVC and TSWA Player of the Week honors after hitting .636 (7-for-11) with two steals and three RBI, helping the Govs take two of three against Belmont to reassert themselves into the thick of the OVC race.
- Senior Chantelle Grey, of the track and field team, won her second outdoor 800m run this season at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a 2:07.18 mark. She increased her lead in the OVC to more than two seconds over SIU Edwardsville’s Aftan Noon. Tuesday, she was named OVC Co-Runner of the Week for her efforts.
- Junior Lauren de Castro, of the softball team, hit .429 (9-for-21) with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI to lead Austin Peay to a 3-3 record last week, also earning the win in the circle at Tennessee Tech, Tuesday.