TROY, Ala. - Austin Peay men's tennis team dropped a trio of three-set matches in a 5-2 loss at Troy, Tuesday, at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
Junior Sean Bailey and freshman Dimitar Ristovski picked up the Govs only wins against the Trojans. Bailey won a first-set tiebreaker and held on at No. 2 singles while Ristovksi rolled to a straight-sets win at No. 3 singles.
At each of the bottom three singles matches, the Govs won the opening set, but failed to close out.
Freshman Aleksas Tverijonas won his opening set 6-1, but lost (6-3, 6-3) in the next two sets at No. 4 singles. At No. 5, freshman Michal Hriciste opened with a 6-4 win, but dropped the next two sets (6-3, 6-4). Junior John Storie, at No. 6 singles, opened with a 7-5 set win, but fell (7-5, 6-4) in the following sets.
Austin Peay also had their chances on the doubles side. Sophomore Jasmin Ademovic and Storie won the Govs only match at No. 2. Bailey and freshman Dimitar Ristovski lost 8-4 at No. 1, while Seffrin and Tverijonas fell 8-3 at No. 3.
Spring Break will only get more difficult for the Govs as they ready for their next opponent, ITA-ranked No. 42 South Alabama, Thursday. The Jaguars picked up wins against No. 73 DePaul and No. 63 Middle Tennessee to reach their highest ITA ranking since 2008.
Troy 5, Austin Peay 2
1. Anas Rouchdi (TROY) def. ADEMOVIC, Jasmin (APSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. BAILEY, Sean (APSU) def. Sami Ghorbel (TROY) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. RISTOVSKI, Dimitar (APSU) def. Mansingh Athare (TROY) 6-2, 6-3
4. Patrick Eichler (TROY) def. TVERIJONAS, Aleksas (APSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Tadju Davies (TROY) def. HRICISTE, Michal (APSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Andres Sanchez (TROY) def. STORIE, John (APSU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
1. Mansingh Athare/Sami Ghorbel (TROY) def. BAILEY, Sean/RISTOVSKI, Dimitar (APSU) 8-4
2. ADEMOVIC, Jasmin/STORIE, John (APSU) def. Tommy Cundy/Jamie Eccleton (TROY) 8-2
3. Patrick Eichler/Anas Rouchdi (TROY) def. SEFFRIN, Iago/TVERIJONAS, Aleksas (APSU) 8-3